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Stories by Rebecca Merrett


5 areas for making cognitive computing robust

By Rebecca Merrett | 19 January, 2015 11:58

IBM has published a study that outlines five focus areas where advancements in cognitive computing could be made to make it more robust in future.

Machine learning used to predict hazardous solar flares

By Rebecca Merrett | 16 January, 2015 12:45

Physicists at Stanford University have applied a machine learning algorithm to better predict solar flares that could expose high-flying airline passengers to radiation and disrupt power grids and communication satellites.

CIO of REA Group: Step into the 21st century office

By Rebecca Merrett | 15 January, 2015 16:40

It may be easy to overlook how the work environment influences productivity and job satisfaction, but it’s something business executives ought to really pay attention to. Nobody really wants to spend day in, day out in a rigid office.

Monash University expands cloud infrastructure to support researchers

By Rebecca Merrett | 14 January, 2015 11:32

Monash University has deployed Mellanox's CloudX Platform – which includes remote direct memory access (RDMA) capable Ethernet technology – for its R@CMon cloud, which is part of the National eResearch Collaboration Tools and Resources (NeCTAR) Project.

Tech industry wants to develop AI, smart machines sensibly

By Rebecca Merrett | 13 January, 2015 11:26

More than 1000 technologists and researchers have signed an open letter issued by the Future of Life Institute, a volunteer-run research organisation that works to mitigate existential risks to humanity, calling for artificial intelligence and smart machine research to focus on developing systems that are "robust and beneficial".

New hard drive to teleport quantum states for 6 hours

By Rebecca Merrett | 12 January, 2015 11:10

Physicists at the Australian National University and University of Otago have developed a prototype hard drive that can store gigabytes of quantum data for six hours, making it easier to send the data across the globe.

CIO year in review

By Rebecca Merrett | 18 December, 2014 14:07

2014 was an eventful year for CIOs, with many starting new initiatives in mobility, wearables, machine learning and tapping into open data. Many CIOs also decided to change jobs and move to greener pastures.

Where are smart machines heading in 2015?

By Rebecca Merrett | 17 December, 2014 15:52

Job losses will be on the cards for information workers next year, while more countries will trial driverless cars and drones for delivering goods, analysts predict.

Machine learning and predictive modelling 101

By Rebecca Merrett | 16 December, 2014 16:45

There’s more to machine learning and predictive modelling than playing around with a bunch of tools such as R and Hadoop. To help get beginners started, Beat Schwegler, director cloud evangelism at Microsoft, discussed the basic concepts and common algorithms at recent the YOW! Developer Conference in Sydney.

Tackling big data challenges with Hadoop

By Rebecca Merrett | 12 December, 2014 09:11

Big data and analytics sounds nice in theory but in practice it can be no mean feat. This partly due to limitations in technology and challenges in storage costs and disparate systems, said Eva Andreasson, pioneer of deterministic garbage collection and product manager at Cloudera.

How digital technology is ushering in a new age of learning

By Rebecca Merrett | 11 December, 2014 10:59

More and more educators are ditching the chalkboards and opening their physical classroom boundaries in favour of digital learning.

Building the backbone of IoT: New York’s Wi-Fi rollout

By Rebecca Merrett | 03 December, 2014 16:27

If we are going to live in a world where billions of items are connected to the Internet, then investment in reliable and ubiquitous Wi-Fi is crucial, according to Brett Savill of BAI Group, the company responsible for rolling out one of the world’s largest free Wi-Fi network in New York City.

Where are mobile payments heading in 2015?

By Rebecca Merrett | 02 December, 2014 11:40

It looks like an exciting year ahead for the mobile payments space, as analysts predict Apple Pay to be the leader in mobile wallets, banks to give up some control to gain influence in the market, and more people using the Bitcoin blockchain concept to develop new financial products.

CoinJar relocates offshore to avoid GST burden

By Rebecca Merrett | 01 December, 2014 17:00

Melbourne-based Bitcoin exchange CoinJar is moving its headquarters to London in the UK where it says it can do business in a less burdensome regulatory environment.

Where is wearable technology heading in 2015?

By Rebecca Merrett | 28 November, 2014 15:25

More advanced algorithms will pull together different types of data from wearables and these devices will start to enter the workplace next year, analysts have predicted.