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Online stumble-ons

Some interesting things I’ve stumbled into recently roaming the Internet. Do you know any languages other than English? This site gives an indication of how difficult various languages are to learn. https://thelanguagenerds.com/2019/map-reveals-how-long-takes-to-learn-different-languages/ Apple’s enormous profit margins on iPhones https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7GZWn5Z1BTY Want to know… Continue Reading…

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Futurists predict a point where humans and machines become one. But will we see it coming?

John Kendall Hawkins, Philosopher, University of New England Sandy Boucher, Lecturer in the Philosophy of Science, University of New England     Most people are familiar with the deluge of artificial intelligence (AI) apps that seem designed to make us… Continue Reading…

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From The Editor and President March 2023

Hugh Macdonald David Stonier-Gibson is enjoying a nice jaunt around New Zealand so I’m back in the editor’s chair temporarily. This month, we’ve got a good selection of articles on ChatGPT, space, robots, some little known tips on using Google,… Continue Reading…

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President’s Report February 2023

As this is my first President’s Report for 2023, I’d like to begin by wishing all members a Happy New Year. I hope your Christmas and New Year break was a happy and safe one. Some of the things that… Continue Reading…

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ChatGPT: students could use AI to cheat, but it’s a chance to rethink assessment altogether

Sam Illingworth Associate Professor, Edinburgh Napier University ChatGPT is a powerful language model developed by OpenAI that has the ability to generate human-like text, making it capable of engaging in natural language conversations. This technology has the potential to revolutionise the way we… Continue Reading…

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ChatGPT as a programmer?

David Stonier-Gibson Does ChatGPT have any use in computer programming? I took it for a spin. I saw something online about a fellow who used ChatGPT to write a WordPress plugin for his wife. Well, I barely know what WordPress… Continue Reading…

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Device transmits radio waves with almost no power – without violating the laws of physics

Zerina Kapetanovic7-8 minutes This experimental setup shows an ultra-low-power wireless communications device that could one day be used in tiny remote sensors. Zerina Kapetanovic, CC BY-ND Published: January 25, 2023 12.23am AEDT Authors  Joshua R. Smith Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering… Continue Reading…

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ChatGPT: God, religion and so much more

This ChatGPT conversation blew my mind. For one thing it without doubt blows the Turing Test out of the water. It is a 2-way conversation between my good friend, an Italian/Canadian/American named Fred, and ChatGPT. Fred has Christian faith, but… Continue Reading…

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How to maximise savings from your home solar system and slash your power bills

Wasim Saman Soaring electricity prices have made 15% of Aussies think about installing solar panels, a recent survey found. Another 6% were already weighing up the move, on top of the 28% who had panels. With costs falling, the average system size is… Continue Reading…

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