Computer Science

Companies Prepare to Battle for IT Graduates

Anthony Sherick | Posted 30.06.2017 | UK Tech
Anthony Sherick

I was given a tour of a secondary school recently by a couple of very passionate and articulate students. We were looking on behalf of my son. I aske...

Artificial Intelligence vs The Human Brain

Steve Furber | Posted 13.06.2017 | UK Tech
Steve Furber

By the beginning of the 21st century computers did, indeed, typically have a gigabyte of memory, and they were a million times faster than the 'Baby', but still they could not pass his test. Even today, with still far more computing power and memory, no machine has convincingly passed the test. This would have surprised Turing had he lived to see it.

Why We Need to Get Kids Coding

Jill Hodges | Posted 29.04.2017 | UK Tech
Jill Hodges

In the midst of all this easy-to-use technology, somehow we lost touch with the fact that someone has to build it all. And the kids have become consumers, sitting slack-jawed and motionless above the wrists for hours, killing baddies but never knowing the thrill of summoning the code-driven genies themselves.

Rise of the Humans

Michel Van der Bel | Posted 24.03.2017 | UK Tech
Michel Van der Bel

If you don't work in the tech industry, it's easy to get the impression that AI systems are just ticking things off the list one by one until we humans are all redundant. But human vs. machine competitions that capture our imaginations represent only a small slice of the amazing AI research that's occurring worldwide.

WiFi Visualised In 3D Is An 'Alien World'

The Huffington Post UK | Thomas Tamblyn | Posted 12.03.2015 | UK Tech

WiFi is literally everywhere, or is it? Dominique Thiebaut, a computer science professor from Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts has discover...

How Come UK's Doing So Well Given Europe's Malaise?

Nicola Horlick | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK
Nicola Horlick

The real mystery is how the UK economy has managed to do so well in the recent past given the performance of our neighbours. The general consensus is that this momentum will not continue and that growth will slow next year. The risk is that growth slows more quickly than expected and that we find ourselves in a similar position to the rest of Europe as inflation continues to decline.

Virtual Reality Boosts Self-Compassion

Lucy Maddox | Posted 12.01.2015 | UK Tech
Lucy Maddox

Psychologists and computer scientists from University College London (UCL) designed a virtual reality experiment in which, by the use of avatars, people could experience the compassion they would show to another, but directed towards themselves.

Is 'Pink It, Shrink It' Really the Answer?

Rachel Swidenbank | Posted 06.12.2014 | UK Tech
Rachel Swidenbank

Within the consumer world one way marketers encourage more women to purchase their goods is what we refer to as "pink it, shrink it". Make it feel more like a women should use it. But should we be using this method to encourage more girls to code?

Adding Girls Into the Tech Equation

Anne Marie Neatham | Posted 11.11.2014 | UK Tech
Anne Marie Neatham

The technology industry constantly pushes boundaries. Unfortunately we have not succeeded in removing the perceived boundaries that stop women from opting to work in technical careers.

Programming for Life

Anne Marie Neatham | Posted 13.10.2014 | UK Tech
Anne Marie Neatham

Coding is about so much more than helping children understand the technology they are using - it is about giving them skills for life. Coding improves problem solving and thinking skills, and will play a hugely important role in improving children's future employment prospects.

To Get More Women in IT, Computer Science Must Be as Common as ABCs

Jane Richardson | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Jane Richardson

There clearly remains a perception problem around the suitability and attractiveness of IT as a career path for women. In the EU, where women occupy just 11 percent of IT leadership roles, the situation is particularly dire.

Alan Turing: 60 Years On

Victoria Sadler | Posted 06.08.2014 | UK Politics
Victoria Sadler

Turing committed suicide in 1954 - cyanide poisoning from an apple he had deliberately contaminated - widely seen as the result of his conviction in 1952 of indecency (Turing was gay) and the punitive course of chemical castration he was inflicted with as punishment for his 'crime.'

2014 is the UK Year of Code? Fix up!

Anne-Marie Imafidon | Posted 08.04.2014 | UK Tech
Anne-Marie Imafidon

The Year of Code campaign is a great opportunity to boost our skills gap and get children excited about what has been dubbed as the fourth literacy. It's been a great opportunity to get coding & technology back on the agenda and to highlight the vast opportunities that lie in this sector.

Jessica Elgot

WATCH: Year Of Code Director Lottie Dexter Reveals On Newsnight That She Can't Code | Jessica Elgot | Posted 06.02.2014 | UK

Should the ambassador for the government's "Year Of Code" know how to, um, code? It's a question that's divided developers and educators since last...

Quantum Memory World Record Broken In Hunt For The Truly Next-Gen

Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Tech

The Quantum World Record has been broken! Wait, what? The BBC reports that a fragile quantum memory state has been maintained for a world recor...

They Say Life Imitates Art and Art Imititates Life

Anne-Marie Imafidon | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Anne-Marie Imafidon

I remember the feelings of elation and camaraderie when arriving at the conference and seeing the ridiculously long queue of women at the registration desk. I remember the moments of belonging when hearing about the experiences of fellow women working in technology around the world.

$1.6 Billion 'Brain Simulation' Project Launches in Switzerland

Huffington Post UK | Posted 07.12.2013 | UK Tech

An EU-backed project to attempt to simulation how the brain functions using a complex network of computers has launched in Switzerland. If success...

'Maths Explains History'

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 24.11.2013 | UK Tech

The rise and fall of civilisations. The birth of empires. The winds of social and economic change. Solved for 'X', apparently. A team of researc...

Why Alan Turing's Pardon Matters

Victoria Sadler | Posted 20.09.2013 | UK Politics
Victoria Sadler

Only last year the coalition government refused to pardon the 49,000 men all convicted under the 1885 Criminal Law Amendment Act, the act which recriminalized homosexuality. Alan Turing's conviction came from this Act but he was not the only famous person to suffer this. Oscar Wilde was also famously convicted under this act.

Weather Forecasting - A Uniquely Misconstrued Science?

Ian Roulstone | Posted 17.08.2013 | UK Tech
Ian Roulstone

In order to understand the challenges forecasters face, we need to look at the history behind modern forecasting. The story begins in 1904 when Vilhelm Bjerknes, a Norwegian physicist, published a paper describing how weather prediction could be formulated as a problem of maths and physics.

IN PICTURES: The Lab That Invented Computing

PA | Posted 24.06.2013 | UK Tech

From the world's first programmable computer to the web cam and Raspberry Pi, the Cambridge Computer Laboratory has been at the forefront of innovatio...

Educating Beta - Why Kids Need to get Behind the Apps and Learn to Code

Tamara Sword | Posted 19.01.2013 | UK Tech
Tamara Sword

Children growing up today are past masters at mobile. They're weaned early onto digital, their little minds soothed, calmed and cajoled with touchscreen time. As parents, we marvel at how quickly mere babes in arms master the swipe, double tap and pinch zoom.

How Twitter Saved Bletchley Park - Live From Brazil

Mark Hillary | Posted 26.11.2012 | UK Tech
Mark Hillary

Dr Black visited Brazil recently and toured the country lecturing on Bletchley Park and Alan Turing - 2012 being the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of Turing.

Happy 100th Birthday, Alan Turing

Philip Ellis | Posted 22.08.2012 | UK Tech
Philip Ellis

Alan Turing is a name with which a great many people are familiar, but probably not enough. A highly accomplished mathematician, codebreaker and computer scientist, he has been hailed as a pioneer and hero in the fields of modern computing and sexual politics.

Michael Rundle

'King Of The Geeks' On Vision, Hard Work And The Difficult Future Of Computing | Michael Rundle | Posted 13.06.2012 | UK Tech

'Visionary' is one of Linus Torvalds' - creator of Linux - least favourite words. His license plate may read 'King of the Geeks', but ahead of fin...