CSIRAC was originally built in Sydney by the CSIRO before being transferred to Melbourne University.
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.
The future’s bright… the future’s virtual?
As more companies move towards intelligent, natural voice controlled devices, is the writing on the wall for the keyboard and mouse?
The computers of tomorrow are being taught to learn, reason and recognise emotions.
Computers are taking over our jobs, but this doesn't have to be a bad thing.
Computers can be our prediction machines.
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Scientists of all kinds turn to computer models to investigate questions they can't get at any other way. Here's how models work and why we can trust them.
Rural schools don’t always have the latest tech.
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The Government changed the curriculum in 2014 so that all school children would be taught coding, but two years on this is far from reality.
Easy tips on how to disconnect from social media and connect with the real world.
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.
Online gambling, shopping, social media and more are driving us to claim addiction to the internet.
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Beards: powering tech startups since 813 AD.
Many "modern" inventions actually have precedents dating back over 1000 years.
What do students miss when they access the Internet only through mobile devices?
A third of families living below poverty level access the Internet only through their phones. And young people from these families get access to few learning opportunities.
Can a machine really think, be in awe and wonder?
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!
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?
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?
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.
The dreaded blue screen of death has become so ubiquitous it’s now fodder for comedy.
What is it about modern digital technology that inspires suspicion rather than trust?
CSIRAC: Australia’s first computer has had a lasting impact.
University of Melbourne
It may have been big, slow and lacking in much memory but almost seven decades on we have a lot to thank the creators of Australia's first programmable computing machine.
Silicon isn't the perfect semiconductor, it's just the one we're using. How can we ensure our electronics keep get getting faster in the face of silicon's natural physical limits?
Which operating system is safer from a hack attack?
The argument has been raging for years: which operating system is the safest when it comes to security. Has the latest software upgrades from the tech giants changed anything?
Microsoft’s CEO hopes Windows 10 is his hero moment.
Satya Nadella hopes he can do with Windows 10 what Bill Gates managed to do with Windows 95 almost 20 years ago.
The rate of growth in computing power predicted by Gordon Moore (pictured) could be slowing.
The rapid advancement of computing power has followed an unusual law that was first mooted a half century ago. But are there signs things could be slowing down?
Need a computer doctor? Dial 100110011001.
Machines are not very good at writing software from scratch, but they're getting pretty good at improving on human efforts.