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Comedy Fringe

Carr Crash: Father/Daughter Comedy Review

An unconventional mix, the show has an infectious energy which cleverly blends the theoretical and inane with a hearty wit.

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Culture Film

Matrix review

“You take the blue pill, the story ends, you wake up in your bed and believe whatever you want to believe. You take the red pill, you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit hole goes.” Apart from this scene being a gift to pop culture and the foundation for a […]

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Features

Do virtual assistants encourage negative stereotypes and sexual harassment?

“Hi, I’m your virtual assistant,” is something that nearly everyone has heard in the age of technology, and these AI voices are commonly female ones. While some virtual assistants like Apple’s Siri have the option for male voices, the default setting is female and with Amazon’s Alexa it will cost you 99p if you wish […]

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Science

The robot that discovered itself

AI (artificial intelligence) researchers have made an important step towards the development of an ‘intelligent’ robot. If this phrase conjures up dystopian images of Arnold Schwarzenegger as a cyborg, the reality may be a far cry from what you are expecting. Instead, the robot in question consists of a long mechanically jointed arm with a […]

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Features

Autonomous buses in Edinburgh? The future of the transport industry

Your days of thanking a human driver when getting off a city bus may be coming to an end. This week The Guardian reported that the UK’s driverless vehicle initiative will result in autonomous buses in Edinburgh as early as next year. The trial of driverless vehicles will be launched in Edinburgh and London, with […]

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Science

Could AI help diagnose Alzheimer’s?

Alzheimer’s Disease, a form of dementia, could be considered one of the more terrifying illnesses one can get. It starts slowly, with minor memory problems followed by disorientation and confusion (particularly in decision making). Issues with speech and language usually follow. In addition to the more common symptoms, the patient may suffer from personality changes […]

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Science Science

AI can identify Alzheimer’s a decade before symptoms show

Artifical Intelligence (AI) has been programmed to use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans to recognise the brains of people suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. Using these scans, it can even predict whether someone is likely to develop the condition a decade before the onset of symptoms. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia, which […]

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Film

Requiem for the friendly robot

  Where have all the good robots gone? Hollywood seems to have drawn the line and turned its back on the sentient robot. Through artificial intelligence (AI) films, we have been given the chance to play God: creating something in our vision and our likeness. The problem is that the picture isn’t very pretty. The […]