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CSIRAC was originally built in Sydney by the CSIRO before being transferred to Melbourne University. Melbourne University

The history of computing is both evolution and revolution

The first in our series looking at the changes that have been made in computing and other areas in the 60 years since the first computer in an Australian university was switched on.
Easy tips on how to disconnect from social media and connect with the real world. Shutterstock/Photographee.eu

Addicted to social media? Try an e-fasting plan

Many of us are becoming addicted to social media, and it's having a negative impact on our lives. Here are some tips to help you take back control.
Can a machine really think, be in awe and wonder? Shutterstock/Photobymhu

What does it mean to think and could a machine ever do it?

As machines get ever more complex as we strive to make them complete more complex tasks, it's time to ask again: will they ever be able to think? But what is thinking anyway?
It’s a lot for a person to puzzle out… call in the computers! Shaury Nash

How computers help biologists crack life’s secrets

Modern biological research relies on big data analytics. Vast reservoirs of memory and powerful computing ability mean machines find patterns and make meta-analyses and even predictions for scientists.
Technology can be so frustrating at times, so what if it could understand your emotions? Shutterstock/Kues

Imagine if technology could read and react to our emotions

How often do you get angry or frustrated with a machine or some piece of technology? Well what if a machine could sense our emotion and then change its behaviour to suit?
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.

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