Fairfax Tech Talk Column

Fairfax Tech Talk Column

28.2.2020 Fairfax Tech Talk Column 187


Many people would be familiar with the name Alan Turing from the 2014 historical drama, The Imitation Game, which was the highest grossing film of that year. Turing is widely considered to be the father of artificial intelligence and I remember studying one of his concepts at University. It was known as the Turing test. This is a test of a machine’s ability to exhibit intelligent behaviour indistinguishable from that of a human. The test came from his paper that posed the simple q ..

21.2.2020 Fairfax Tech Talk Column 186


Ahhhh – the thrill of attending a live sports match. Fighting my way through city traffic and lining up early to secure the best seats in the stadium. Lathering on sun screen throughout the day. Lining up to get a beer that is almost as good as one sitting at home in the fridge. Lining up in the food queues in the hope that my favourite version of Gozleme hasn’t sold out. Arguing with the slightly inebriated person who seems to have stolen my seat after lining up for my food. Mis ..

14.2.2020 Fairfax Tech Talk Column 185


What do you do when you manufacture a television with specifications so high that there isn’t content at the same level? The obvious answer is to manufacture a phone that can create content at the same level! Samsung has a range of 8K QLED televisions from 55” up to the $1K per inch 98” version. One of the problems I have discussed previously with 8K televisions is the lack of content. Most of the loungeroom viewing across the world at the moment is in HD with a smatte ..

07.2.2020 Fairfax Tech Talk Column 184


Do me a favour. Go to your desk or office or wherever it is that you keep your electronic goods. Open the bottom drawer. Move aside all the old mobiles and electronic devices you have tucked away in there. Now find the cables. How many do you have there and, more importantly, how many different connection types do you have? If the answer is less than four types, I will be surprised. Micro-USB; Lightning; USB-C; Mini-USB; USB-3; 30-pin and so many more including many proprietary connecto ..