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  1. Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (2018)

    Director
    Alexandra Dean
    Producer
    Susan Sarandon
    Subject
    Film studies; Information technology; Women’s studies
    Distribution
    Sale, DVD (Region 2 PAL, 88 minutes), £9.99

    This documentary brings to light the unusual story of Hedy Lamarr, a glamorous actress-icon of the 1930s and 40s and the inventor who perfected a radio system to throw Nazi torpedoes off course during the...

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  2. It from Bit: The Science of Information (2018)

    Subject
    Information technology

    Physicist John Wheeler asked the famous ‘It from bit?' question: what if at its heart the universe is not a collection of particles, forces and fields but rather a collection of bits? If this is true, it...

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  3. Speech Processing: How to Wreck a Nice Peach (2018)

    Subject
    Information technology

    Alexa, Siri and Cortana are among a number of voice-enabled digital assistants that can not only speak to us but understand us. Sci-fi films had talking computers many years ago. Why has it taken so long to...

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  4. Computer Vision: Machine That See (2018)

    Subject
    Information technology

    Human vision seems so effortless: from a young age we see the world in high- definition colour. We can tell the difference between a cat and a hat, and ‘The man who mistook his wife for a hat’ is an...

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  5. Deep Learning: Miracle or Snake Oil? (2018)

    Subject
    Information technology

    Machine Learning has had several excitements over the years with machines that are modelled on the human brain. The invention of the perceptron and artificial neural networks were followed by intense...

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  6. What Really Happened in Y2k? (2017)

    Subject
    Information technology; Technology

    Grehsam College lecture by Professor Martyn Thomas. As the year 2000 approached, many people feared that computer programmes storing year values as two-digit figures (such as 99) would cause problems. There...

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  7. What Will Happen when Artificial Intelligence and the Internet Meet the Professions? (2017)

    Subject
    Business studies; Information technology

    Lecture which looks at possible future directions for the professions, both of which rest on the influence of technology. The first is a more efficient version of what we have today. The second is...

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  8. Artificial Intelligence (2017)

    Subject
    Information technology

    Public lecture by Professor Martyn Thomas, expert in software engineering and cybersecurity and IT Livery Company Professor of Information Technology at Gresham College. Alan Turing famously proposed a test...

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  9. Making Software Correct by Construction (2017)

    Subject
    Information technology

    Public lecture by Professor Martyn Thomas, expert in software engineering and cybersecurity and IT Livery Company Professor of Information Technology at Gresham College. Thomas discusses whether it is...

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  10. Graphic Means: A History of Graphic Design Production (2017)

    Director
    Briar Levit
    Subject
    Design; Information technology; Media studies
    Distribution
    Sale, DVD (Region 0 NTSC, 85 minutes), $350

    Up until just over 30 years ago, when the desktop computer arrived on the scene, the whole design production process would have been done primarily by hand, and with the aid of analogue machines. The design...

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