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A visit to the Turing Machine: a short story
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A visit to the Turing Machine: a short story

by Greg Michaelson Greg Michaelson is an Emeritus professor of computer science at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh. He is also a novelist and a short storyContinue...

Lego Computer Science: Turing Machines Part 3: the program
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Lego Computer Science: Turing Machines Part 3: the program

by Paul Curzon, Queen Mary University of London We have so far built the hardware of a Lego Turing Machine. Next we need the crucial part: software. It needs aContinue...

Lego Computer Science: Turing Machines Part 2: the controller
From CS4FN (Computer Science For Fun)

Lego Computer Science: Turing Machines Part 2: the controller

by Paul Curzon, Queen Mary University of London Last time we started to build a working computer out of Lego: a Turing Machine. So far we have seen that we canContinue...

Lego Computer Science: Turing Machines Part 1: the tape
From CS4FN (Computer Science For Fun)

Lego Computer Science: Turing Machines Part 1: the tape

by Paul Curzon, Queen Mary University of London It it possible to make a working computer out of lego and you do not even have to pay for an expensive robot Mindstorm...

Virtual reality goggles for mice
From CS4FN (Computer Science For Fun)

Virtual reality goggles for mice

To become a Jedi Knight you must have complete control of your thoughts. As you feel the force you start to control your surroundings and make objects move just...

Exploring mazes, inventing algorithms (part I) 
From CS4FN (Computer Science For Fun)

Exploring mazes, inventing algorithms (part I) 

To become a Jedi Knight you must have complete control of your thoughts. As you feel the force you start to control your surroundings and make objects move just...

Competitive Zen
From CS4FN (Computer Science For Fun)

Competitive Zen

To become a Jedi Knight you must have complete control of your thoughts. As you feel the force you start to control your surroundings and make objects move just...

Pit-stop heart surgery
From CS4FN (Computer Science For Fun)

Pit-stop heart surgery

The Formula 1 car screams to a stop in the pit-lane. Seven seconds later, it has roared away again, back into the race. In those few seconds it has been refuelled...

Cyber Security at the movies: Rogue one (Part II: Authentication)
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Cyber Security at the movies: Rogue one (Part II: Authentication)

In a galaxy far, far away cyber security matters. So much so, that the whole film Rogue One is about it. Part of the key to keeping the Death Star plans secret...

Cyber Security at the movies: Rogue one (Part I: Physical Security)
From CS4FN (Computer Science For Fun)

Cyber Security at the movies: Rogue one (Part I: Physical Security)

In a galaxy far, far away cyber security matters quite a lot. So much so, in fact, that the whole film Rogue One is about it. The plot is all about the bad guys...

When a chatbot acts as your “trusted” agent …
From CS4FN (Computer Science For Fun)

When a chatbot acts as your “trusted” agent …

Artificial Intelligences are capable of acting as our agents freeing up our time, but can we trust them? Steve Phelps and his team run experiments with AIs as the...

Nurses in the mist
From CS4FN (Computer Science For Fun)

Nurses in the mist

What do you do when your boss tells you "go and invent a new product"? Lock yourself away and stare out the window? Go for a walk, waiting for inspiration? Medical...

Screaming Headline Kills!!!
From CS4FN (Computer Science For Fun)

Screaming Headline Kills!!!

Medical mistakes can make a big news story with screaming headlines vilifying those 'responsible'. It may sell papers. Research by Chrystie Myketiak suggested it...

Bitten blue
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Bitten blue

For some reason biting flies home in on some people while leaving others (even those walking next to them) alone. What is going on, what does it have to do with...

Creating great game worlds
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Creating great game worlds

Are you a PUBG or Fortnite addict? Maybe you enjoy playing Minecraft? Have you thought how these games are created? Could you create a game yourself? It is all...

Hallucinating chatbots
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Hallucinating chatbots

Chatbots that can answer questions and write things for you are in the news at the moment. These Artificial Intelligence (AI) programs are very good now at writing...

Protecting your fridge
From CS4FN (Computer Science For Fun)

Protecting your fridge

Ever been spammed by your fridge? It has happened, but Queen Mary's Gokop Goteng and Hadeel Alrubayyi aim to make it less likely with their work on detecting malware...

The gender shades audit
From CS4FN (Computer Science For Fun)

The gender shades audit

Face recognition technology is used widely, such as at passport controls and by police forces. What if it isn't as good at recognising faces as it has been claimed...

Playing the weighting game
From CS4FN (Computer Science For Fun)

Playing the weighting game

How do search engines find the best web pages. It is like a giant talent contest where you want the best web pages to win. Karen Spärck Jones worked out how best...

Collecting mini-beasts and pocket monsters
From CS4FN (Computer Science For Fun)

Collecting mini-beasts and pocket monsters

Satoshi Tajiri created one of the biggest money-making media franchises of all time. It all started with his love of nature and, in particular, minibeasts. It also...
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