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Six Success Stories

20 Nov 2014 by Kavitha Srinivasa

I recently chanced upon a report from KPMG, it was about KPMG International's Infrastructure 100: World Markets Report. As the name suggests, the Report highlights key trends driving infrastructure investment around the world. To be specific, it's about 100 of the world's most innovative, impactful infrastructure projects.

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View from Washington

Celluloid rages against the dying of the light

20 Nov 2014 by Paul Dempsey

Which version of Interstellar have you seen? You may not realise this but there are at least six. That's largely down to director Christopher Nolan's determination to keep the debate going about shooting and exhibiting movies on film or digitally.

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View from Brussels

Norway's passport to technology branding

19 Nov 2014 by Pelle Neroth

I was going to write about the new energy wars between East and West. But then I decided against it; it is too depressing. Instead, I shall this week write a good news story from Norway.

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After All

How to de-engineer a monument?

18 Nov 2014 by Vitali Vitaliev

The theme of this blog post was both unplanned and unexpected. It - almost literally - hit me on the head like a brick, or, to be more specific, like a fragment of the Lenin monument in my native Ukrainian city of Kharkiv which, according to the BBC website, was pulled down by "Ukraine nationalists" on the 28th of September. The site also reported that one "protester" was injured in the head as the massive statue was falling down. It could have been me!

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Eccentric engineer

Plant In A Suitcase

18 Nov 2014 by Justin Pollard

It is always dangerous to profess a desire to go to sea, especially to parents who might appreciate seeing less of you. Nathaniel Bagshaw Ward found this out the hard way when, having admired the ships crowding the dock around his home in the East End of London, his parents promptly sent him off on one to Jamaica, on his own, at the tender age of thirteen.

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Electronic connections

Are Turing test machines only making the right noises?

14 Nov 2014 by Chris Edwards

Is talking, or at least texting, to a computer the best way to determine whether it has some semblance of intelligence? The Turing test, which will be put into action this weekend (15 November) in the finals of the 2014 Loebner prize at Bletchley Park, looks on the surface to be an excellent candidate for determining intelligence. But contestants over the years have shown that it is possible to maintain a reasonable facade of intelligence without attempting to simulate thought processes.

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Editor's letter

The Turing Enigma

13 Nov 2014 by Dickon Ross

Standing in a small room of Hut 8 at Bletchley Park last year, I tried to explain to my kids how one mathematics professor working in this draughty, wood-partitioned room in such a drab looking, wartime bungalow hut 70 years ago became so important in breaking an 'unbreakable' code, shortening a world war by a couple of years and laying the foundations of the computer industry. The same man was later persecuted by the British government for his homosexuality and became driven to commit suicide. Hut 8 was almost allowed to rot away.

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