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John Pearce

John Pearce's Public Library

2 minutes ago

"Here I am discussing a potential use of machine learning in military operations. The scenario below is entirely hypothetical.
Imagine an army deploying tiny drones that look like bugs in an area infested by people believed to be terrorists (think about Molenbeek in Belgium). In that area, the vast majority of terrorists have a specific profile (a specific race for instance) that can make them identifiable using machine learning algorithms trained on a database of pictures (see article on face recognition). Unfortunately, it will create tons of false positives - that is, people with similar profiles, that are not terrorists. So no army is ever going to consider using such a technique to kill enemies.  "

4 minutes ago

"The battle to dominate the next generation of cars hinges in part on autonomous driving technology. Google has built a leading position - thanks not just to its tech expertise, but also its persistent lobbying."

37 minutes ago

"At the start of 2014 I began hearing the term ‘Makers’ and ‘Makerspaces’, I was intrigued! Always being a bit of a fiddler and fixer I wanted to know more! So my journey started. I attended a SLQ Seminar on the Maker Movement and this explained many of the ideas and history of Makerspaces. I was able to create a mini robot using 3D printed case with a coin battery and wire to make a ‘horse’ race! So much fun!"

about 1 hour ago

"Copyright matters. It is a body of law that affects what we know, how we experience and understand the world, and what we are allowed to do with the knowledge we gain. But for most of us copyright is more of a snarl. We only know of it as a restriction that complicates how we interact with each other. It is not often experienced as regulation that helps make good new things happen."

about 1 hour ago

"Microsoft OneNote has been one of our favorite note-taking apps for years, and it keeps getting better. The app is completely free to install on your Mac or Windows desktop and lets you format notes any way you wish in an intuitive digital notebook interface. Here’s how to get started with OneNote and take your notes to the next level."

May 01, 16

"Hi, I’m Marcus Schappi and welcome to the Raspberry Pi Workshop book.
The Raspberry Pi is a tiny power computer created by the Raspberry Pi Foundation to teach electronics and programming. Despite it’s small size, the Raspberry Pi is in fact quite a versatile little computer that can be put to use in many projects. In this workbook we’ll explore how the Raspberry Pi works and build some simple experiments and projects that you can replicate at home or in the classroom. By the time you’ve finished with this book you’ll have a better knowledge of the Raspberry Pi and do-it-yourself computing as a whole."

May 01, 16

"Coding is the new black in our schools it seems, the one thing that school districts tout is keeping them innovative and cutting edge,  Well isn’t that just nice…But here’s the thing; not every kid wants to be a computer scientist.  Not every kid wants to work with a computer.  Not every kid wants to stare at a screen, nor do something with technology.  Did we forget that in our eagerness to jump on the coding wagon?"

Apr 27, 16

"A longtime reader recently asked: How do online fraudsters get the 3-digit card verification value (CVV or CVV2) code printed on the back of customer cards if merchants are forbidden from storing this information? The short answer: if not via phishing, probably by installing a web-based keylogger at an online merchant so that all data that customers submit to the site is copied and sent to the attacker's server."

Apr 27, 16

The ABC Splash Coding collection, covers lots of Scratch and also Hour of Code movies

Apr 26, 16

"The twenty seven challenges contained in this booklet are designed to challenge and inspire students whilst helping them on their journey to becoming a ‘computational thinker’. The ideas contained in the booklet will also provide useful teacher stimulation when planning lessons. Many of the challenges include extension activities which students should be encouraged to attempt. The tasks are not language specific, start quite simply and progress to become more challenging. Examples of the tasks contained in the booklet are:"

Apr 21, 16

"Our approach, called Coding By Design, begins with solving real problems for real people. We start with a design thinking approach to creating an app, then proceed to a prototype, multiple iterations based on real feedback, and finally a top-down approach to solving the coding problems and puzzles inherent in app development."

Apr 21, 16

"While typically viewed as a navigation tool for mobile devices when traveling to a specific destination, or possibly as a research tool when attempting to learn more about a specific geographic region, there is a hidden gem inside of Google Maps that allows students to leverage the tool in the classroom. Within Google Maps, the “My Maps” section allows students to create, edit, share and collaborate on a custom created Google Map. Within a map created in the “My Maps” section of Google Maps, students can add pins for locations and within each pin, text, images and video (from YouTube) can be added. Further, just like all Google Drive tools, My Mapscan be shared and edited by collaborators."

Apr 21, 16

"Root is designed to fit into every classroom. The robot operates on the whiteboard that's already at the front of the room and has the attention of the class. Coding with Root requires no special setup. Unlike structured websites that teach coding as an individual activity based on exercises with unique solutions, the classroom environment with shared robots provides opportunities for social learning and more freeform creativity. Coding with robots is an inherently dynamic experience; robot, environment, and students all react to each other, stimulating students to come up with diverse solutions and challenges together. People love robots—they have a powerful appeal to all ages and demographics, making interactions and relationships with them far more compelling than images confined to a computer screen.
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Apr 21, 16

"Young gamers are learning problem solving by playing around in digital worlds, and they’re doing it in a way that resembles programming logic. Thus Minecraft is, perhaps, teaching our kids to learn programming more effectively than our educational systems."

Apr 20, 16

"Want to be involved in law, but don’t want to be a lawyer? There’s a new way to get involved! If you learn to code, you can create applications for law."

Apr 20, 16

"What makes some companies great to work for and others a disaster? The answer: good workplace culture. The short answer: Hire for the right roles. Here are seven roles of people who help define, harness, reflect, and embody culture. Think of them as the new faces of organizational culture."

Apr 20, 16

"The hardware tinkerers and prototype mavens out there will invariably have stumbled across the Arduino platform. Completely open source and always pushing the limits for collaboration, there are a ton of different development boards available, but none are as awesome as Johan Kanflo’s AAduino. Behind the delightfully punny name, you’ll find an Arduino-compatible board the size of an AA battery."

Apr 20, 16

"Google is warning you to watch out for, well, Google. As of Wednesday morning, the search giant's own Safe Browsing tool labels "google.com" as "partially dangerous." The tool, which automatically scans "billions of URLs per day looking for unsafe websites," cites the search giant's home page for some potentially scary problems. "Some pages on this website install malware on visitors' computers," the Safe Browsing Site Status page warned, adding that "[a]ttackers on this site might try to trick you to download software or steal your information.""

Apr 20, 16

"Most people will do the common beginner’s projects like making a traffic light. But you’re a MakeUseOf.com reader. You’re amazing. So why not let your first Arduino project be amazingly cool too? Let’s take a look at 5 different amazing and unique projects anyone can make with an Arduino starter kit. Read all the way to the end to see one device that could be so fun, it’s scary."

Apr 20, 16

"Wednesday and Thursday afternoons for 6 weeks each term. 3.20-4.30pm Term 2:  starts 4 May
Oakleigh State School"

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