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Testing AIs in Minecraft
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Testing AIs in Minecraft

by Paul Curzon, Queen Mary University of London What makes a good environment for child AI learning development? Possibly the same as for human child learning development...

Neurodiversity and what it takes to be a good programmer
From CS4FN (Computer Science For Fun)

Neurodiversity and what it takes to be a good programmer

by Paul Curzon, Queen Mary University of London People often suggest neurodiverse people make good computer scientists. For example, one of the most famous autistic...

The top 10 bugs
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The top 10 bugs

by Paul Curzon, Queen Mary University of London (updated from the archive) Bugs are everywhere, but why not learn from the mistakes of others. Here are some common...

Do something computationally funny for money
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Do something computationally funny for money

by Paul Curzon, Queen Mary University of London It is Red nose day in the UK  the day of raising money for the comic relief charity by buying and wearing red noses...

Calculating Pi for Pi Day
From CS4FN (Computer Science For Fun)

Calculating Pi for Pi Day

by Paul Curzon, Queen Mary University of London Today is Pi Day (14 March: 3.14) so we should look at how on earth you compute a number like Pi (3.1.4159….). It...

Could AI end science?
From CS4FN (Computer Science For Fun)

Could AI end science?

by Nick Ballou, Oxford Internet Institute Scientific fraud is worryingly common, though rarely talked about. It has been happening for years, but now Artificial...

A visit to the Turing Machine: a short story
From CS4FN (Computer Science For Fun)

A visit to the Turing Machine: a short story

by Greg Michaelson Greg Michaelson is an Emeritus professor of computer science at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. He is also a novelist and a short storyContinue...

Lego Computer Science: Turing Machines Part 3: the program
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Lego Computer Science: Turing Machines Part 3: the program

by Paul Curzon, Queen Mary University of London We have so far built the hardware of a Lego Turing Machine. Next we need the crucial part: software. It needs aContinue...

Lego Computer Science: Turing Machines Part 2: the controller
From CS4FN (Computer Science For Fun)

Lego Computer Science: Turing Machines Part 2: the controller

by Paul Curzon, Queen Mary University of London Last time we started to build a working computer out of Lego: a Turing Machine. So far we have seen that we canContinue...

Lego Computer Science: Turing Machines Part 1: the tape
From CS4FN (Computer Science For Fun)

Lego Computer Science: Turing Machines Part 1: the tape

by Paul Curzon, Queen Mary University of London It it possible to make a working computer out of lego and you do not even have to pay for an expensive robot Mindstorm...

Virtual reality goggles for mice
From CS4FN (Computer Science For Fun)

Virtual reality goggles for mice

To become a Jedi Knight you must have complete control of your thoughts. As you feel the force you start to control your surroundings and make objects move just...

Exploring mazes, inventing algorithms (part I) 
From CS4FN (Computer Science For Fun)

Exploring mazes, inventing algorithms (part I) 

To become a Jedi Knight you must have complete control of your thoughts. As you feel the force you start to control your surroundings and make objects move just...

Competitive Zen
From CS4FN (Computer Science For Fun)

Competitive Zen

To become a Jedi Knight you must have complete control of your thoughts. As you feel the force you start to control your surroundings and make objects move just...

Pit-stop heart surgery
From CS4FN (Computer Science For Fun)

Pit-stop heart surgery

The Formula 1 car screams to a stop in the pit-lane. Seven seconds later, it has roared away again, back into the race. In those few seconds it has been refuelled...

Cyber Security at the movies: Rogue one (Part II: Authentication)
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Cyber Security at the movies: Rogue one (Part II: Authentication)

In a galaxy far, far away cyber security matters. So much so, that the whole film Rogue One is about it. Part of the key to keeping the Death Star plans secret...

Cyber Security at the movies: Rogue one (Part I: Physical Security)
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Cyber Security at the movies: Rogue one (Part I: Physical Security)

In a galaxy far, far away cyber security matters quite a lot. So much so, in fact, that the whole film Rogue One is about it. The plot is all about the bad guys...

When a chatbot acts as your “trusted” agent …
From CS4FN (Computer Science For Fun)

When a chatbot acts as your “trusted” agent …

Artificial Intelligences are capable of acting as our agents freeing up our time, but can we trust them? Steve Phelps and his team run experiments with AIs as the...

Nurses in the mist
From CS4FN (Computer Science For Fun)

Nurses in the mist

What do you do when your boss tells you "go and invent a new product"? Lock yourself away and stare out the window? Go for a walk, waiting for inspiration? Medical...

Screaming Headline Kills!!!
From CS4FN (Computer Science For Fun)

Screaming Headline Kills!!!

Medical mistakes can make a big news story with screaming headlines vilifying those 'responsible'. It may sell papers. Research by Chrystie Myketiak suggested it...

Bitten blue
From CS4FN (Computer Science For Fun)

Bitten blue

For some reason biting flies home in on some people while leaving others (even those walking next to them) alone. What is going on, what does it have to do with...
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