19 - 25 Nov 2021

  • COVID Frontline: Letter from Auckland

    By Abigail Devis

    The response to COVID in Australia and New Zealand has largely been informed by science, but the outcome of lockdowns and other social distancing measures is all about human emotion. Aussies and Kiwis probably imagine they’ve had similar experiences. Not so much, as it turns out.

  • AI: is it starting to speak our language?

    By Mark Pesce

    Two new advances – Copilot and MT-NLG – show signs that the promise of AI is upon us: taking care of the boring bits of our lives, so we can do the interesting stuff.

  • The real dirt on carbon farming

    By Andrew Bain

    There are big expectations for soil carbon sequestration’s role in capturing and storing atmospheric carbon. Are our hopes well founded, or are we destined for disappointment?

  • Next Big Thing

    Redlining the robots

    By Simon Chesterman

    Advanced robotics are more than science fiction: the world needs to create an alliance to ensure that the weaponisation of artificial intelligence is prohibited.

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