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Computer… or black box for data? US Army

How computers broke science – and what we can do to fix it

Virtually every researcher relies on computers to collect or analyze data. But when computers are opaque black boxes that manipulate data, it's impossible to replicate studies – a core value for science.
Imagine a machine that can learn things from scratch, no pre-programmed rules. What could it do? Flickr/Marco Abis

Machines master classic video games without being told the rules

Tech companies are investing big in artificial intelligence research that allows machines to learn things from scratch, with no pre-programmed rules. So what's the potential for this new technology?
If Spock would not think it illogical, it’s probably good code. Alexandre Buisse

It’s possible to write flaw-free software, so why don’t we?

Legendary Dutch computer scientist Edsger W Dijkstra famously remarked that “testing shows the presence, not the absence of bugs”. In fact the only definitive way to establish that software is correct…
Upgrade rage - what to do when things go wrong? Flickr/Nicola Albertini

Windows 9, iOS8 – the balance between bugs and upgrades

In the tech world there is a dynamic tension between needing to get products to market before the competition and the need to take enough time to make those products completely defect-free and user friendly…
It’s not just about getting a job. David Parry/PA Wire

Coding classes should bring in everyone, not just children

The US and UK governments often mirror each other’s strategies when it comes to new education policies, and the recent introduction of coding into the school curriculum is no exception. From this September…

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