PUBLISHED: 17:18 08 August 2019 | UPDATED: 17:18 08 August 2019 Stevie Smith "Poetry gets a lot off your chest," says Earlham Institute's Dr Peter Bickerton. "It's a nice thing to do and it makes you feel good." Picture: Dr Peter Bickerton Dr Peter Bickerton Each month we meet the scientists, change makers, educators and technicians working at the pioneering heart of Norwich Research Park to hear how their work is shaping the world we live in. Explore the series here. Earlham Institute's Legget Group uses DNA sequencing technology and bioinformatics to understand where bees go and which flowers they're attracted to Picture: Peter Shaw/Getty Images/iStockphotoHe's the Earlham Institute's communications manager by day and a poet by night - but Dr Peter Bickerton's twin passions prove that a love of science and words needn't be mutually exclusive. Stevie Smith spoke to the Norwich Research Park-based science communicator to learn more. What sparked … [Read more...] about Why the world needs more science… and poetry, too
How cloud computing is changing the world
The world of computing, from chips to software to systems, is going to change dramatically in coming years as a result of the spread of machine learning. We may still refer to these computers as "Universal Turing Machines," as we have for eighty years or more. But in practice they will be different from the way they have been built and used up to now. Such a change is of interest both to anyone who cares about what computers do, and to anyone who's interested in machine learning in all its forms. In February, Facebook's head of A.I. research, Yann LeCun, gave a talk at the International Solid State Circuits Conference in San Francisco, one of the longest running computer chip conferences in the world. At ISSCC, LeCun made plain the importance of computer technology to A.I. research. "Hardware capabilities and software tools both motivate and limit the type of ideas that AI researchers will imagine and will allow themselves to pursue," said LeCun. "The … [Read more...] about AI is changing the entire nature of compute
In North Africa, a blogger who spoke out about human rights is brought up on defamation charges. In South Asia, a journalist is on trial for sedition and defamation, while another in Europe faces charges of terrorism. In East Africa, several individuals have been charged under anti-LGBTQ laws. When courts are used to oppress, when governments and police enforce human rights violations, what are ordinary people to do? Who watches the watchers? And a more fundamental question: Can technology help? “It’s not as if the world has a shortage of apps. It just has a shortage of apps that are changing the world,” Brad Smith, President of Microsoft, told Digital Trends. Microsoft and The Clooney Foundation for Justice (CFJ) unveiled the TrialWatch app Thursday morning, a new tool in CFJ’s ongoing TrialWatch effort to shine a light on injustice in courts around the globe – which too often are simply barbaric. “In a lot of courtrooms around the world, they still … [Read more...] about Amal and George Clooney want to change the world. Can Microsoft help?
The company most associated with "the cloud," in the minds of the general public, is Amazon, which happens to be the world's largest e-retailer. Today, Amazon is the world's largest provider of computing services accessible through the web from globally distributed servers in highly automated data centers.Here's what we mean by that: When a computing service is made available to you anywhere in the world through the web, on servers with functions that have been leased by a publisher, software producer, or other private customer, there's a 34 percent chance (according to analyst firm Synergy Research Group) that this service is being hosted on Amazon's cloud. There's only a 15 percent chance that it's hosted on Microsoft's Azure cloud.LEARN MORE: What Amazon AWS does, generally speakingBefore we spout forth a fountain of fabulous terms such as "cloud infrastructure" and "virtual machine," let's try to explain what this AWS thing does, in terms even a CEO could understand.Up until … [Read more...] about Amazon AWS: Complete business guide to the world’s largest provider of cloud services
If you happened to find yourself at Mobile World Congress, one of Europe’s biggest tech shows, in Barcelona this week, you would have spent a lot of time with the phrase ‘5G’ etched into your retinas. The next generation in mobile technology is set to arrive this year, with widespread coverage promised for 2020. Hardware companies, software companies, and consultancies were all on hand to offer their opinion on what 5G will mean for the future. “With what 5G can do - zero lag, super sonic speeds, a million devices in one square mile online, I think it will allow new experiences,” Conor Pierce, corporate VP for Samsung UK and Ireland, told the Standard.“People are talking about autonomous driving, remote surgery, cloud gaming - three examples of what 5G will allow. “I think when you have common ground and reliable connection to 5G, I think that will allow us to engage in different ways - it's the beginning of a new era for the … [Read more...] about How 5G is going to change the world