Browsing All Posts published on »March, 2017«

Mind on the Run: The Impressive Majesty of Basil Kirchin’s Hullian Soundscapes

March 27, 2017

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On Sunday I listened to BBC Radio 3’s Hear and Now programme live from Hull City Hall, featuring a tribute to sonic visionary Basil Kirchin – a little known post-war composer. It was transcendent. Catch it while you can. The broadcast is available for another six or seven days on BBC iPlayer. If you’re a […]

Police Body Cameras and Face Recognition point to Perpetual Surveillance

March 26, 2017

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Police body cameras are widely seen as a way to improve law enforcement’s transparency with the public. But when mixed with police use of facial-recognition tools, the prospect of continual surveillance comes with big risks to privacy.

Scoville Scale: How Hot Would You Go on the Chilli Pepper Charts?

March 5, 2017

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Chilli pepper heat is measured using the Scoville Scale. Some like it really hot, so just how does your favourite pepper rate? Wilbur Scoville invented his scale in 1912 to chart the progressive heat of different chilli peppers. It’s simple, the higher the number on Scoville’s scale, the hotter the spice. So where do various […]

AI Driverless Cars: Machine Intelligence gets its own Race Series – Roborace

March 5, 2017

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It’s official: driverless cars have hit the race tracks. Roborace, the autonomous race car maker, had its two self-driving ‘DevBots’ compete against each other at the Formula E Buenos Aires ePrix.

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