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How data is fostering less invasive medicine

In a collaboration with Think: Health, this week we're taking a look at a few examples of non-invasive medical tech - tracking blood sugar without blood, exoskeletons for rehab, and using vibrations to help the blind see.

 

Playing games with artificial intelligence

Earlier this year Google managed to do something many thought impossible - they built an artificial intelligence that beat a human at the board game GO. Almost twenty years ago IBM did something similar, beating the world chess champion with their computer, Deep Blue.

Understanding how these computers play games, as well as the myriad computer games we all know and love, reveals a lot about the evolution of artificial intelligence.

 

Tech is coming for one of the oldest art forms

Theatre is one of our oldest art forms. Technology, of course, has changed a lot of things. Microphones, paradoxically, allow us more quiet moments. Printing and mass production have spread works far and wide. But here's something even newer.

Meet Stalker theatre, a Sydney-based theatre group that is experimenting at the intersection of code and live performance.

 

How to design technology for a human

Nomatter how exciting it may be, when new technology is developed, it's often really hard to use. The first few years of mainframes, smartphones and artificial intelligence all started this way.

But gradually, the rest of us want in. And designers start trying to figure out how to make it accessible for almost anyone. This is how users get into design.

 

 

Talking data with Prof Michael Blumenstein

UTS Professor Michael Blumenstein is someone we've had on the show a bit, helping us explain big data, new data, weird data and much else. On this week's show we dedicate the entire half hour to a chat with Prof Blumenstein, to get a more in depth look at the current state of data science and what will happen as chips get imbedded in more and more things.

 

It's not just big data, but new data too

Analytics and "Big Data" are becoming ever more prevalent, as new technology brings down costs and statistics is brought to bear in new and interesting ways. But technology isn't just making it easier to crunch the numbers, it's also allowing us to capture data on things we never could before.

 

How tech is coming after fashion

Technology has always been a part of fashion -- scissors and sewing machines are a good example. But recent technological revolutions haven't been mirrored with revolutions in fashion -- computers and the internet have largely made fashion more efficient, rather than changing what it looks like or does. But new tools, ideas and norms are changing this. We might be on the cusp of something rather different.

 

Cobbling together a big data set

When you think about big data, you're probably imagining something high tech. But when it comes to science, big data sets doesn't always look like this. Some researchers have cobbled together old data from the most disparate sources -- journals, ledgers, old computers etc., allowing them to do more with the data from their modern sensors and techniques.

 

 

How our devices are a battleground in the fight against domestic violence

Our devices are everywhere and we use them for everything. But they aren't just used for good. In fact, they are opening the way for all manner of abuse.

It's not just "hackers" taking note. It's intimate partners as well. The ubiquity of technology allows for almost unprecedented levels of control and spying, at little cost and with scant know how. This is done through apps, but also the inbuilt functionality of our devices.

But there's also a huge opportunity here. One that groups around Australia are seizing -- apps and websites to combat domestic violence, to foster healthier relationships and assist authorities after the fact. The phone is a new battleground in the fight against domestic violence. 

 

 

 

If anything we talked about in this show triggers anything for you, please call 1800 RESPECT (1800 737 732). This service is free and confidential, and operates Australia-wide.

The Smart Safe website is also a good resource for information on cyber safety and tips.

Why are people going analogue?

Analogue is exploding. More vinyl records were sold this year than we've seen since the 1980s. It's so big, manufacturers can't keep up. But in a world of smartphones, downloading and streaming, why is this happening?

 

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