Category Archives: opinion

Was Neil Armstrong misquoted? Study suggests his accent could’ve been to blame

This article by Professor Ian McLoughlin was first published in The Conversation. It’s one of the most famous quotes of all time. “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” were the first words NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong … Continue reading

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Google has got involved in healthcare data – can we trust it?

Eerke Boiten, University of Kent Google has some of the most powerful computers and smartest algorithms in the world, has hired some of the best brains in computing, and through its purchase of British firm Deepmind has acquired AI expertise … Continue reading

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Can a computer be creative? – Think Kent video: Anna Jordanous

As part of the University of Kent Think Kent series – a collection of YouTube videos celebrating research with international impact at the University – Anna Jordanous explores what creativity is and whether computers are capable of achieving it. Can computers be creative? … Continue reading

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Who controls your personal data online? – Think Kent video: Eerke Boiten

As part of the University of Kent Think Kent series – a collection of YouTube videos celebrating research with international impact at the University – Eerke Boiten explores who owns and controls your online information, especially on social media. One view of privacy … Continue reading

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Dr Anna Jordanous on Sky Arts documentary

Dr Anna Jordanous has been invited to give her expert opinion on the computational creativity involved in a new musical conceived and generated by computer. Sky Arts documentary ‘Computer Says Show‘ follows the ground-breaking process  of scientists training their computers to … Continue reading

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Selfies could replace security passwords – but only with an upgrade

Professor Ian McLoughlin, Head of School (Medway), on the changing ways in which we can use technology to identify ourselves. This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article. The next time you do some online shopping or … Continue reading

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Can voice recognition technology identify a masked jihadi?

The latest video of a masked Islamic State jihadist apparently speaking with a British accent led to him being tentatively identified as Muslim convert Siddhartha Dhar from East London. Voice recognition experts were reportedly working with UK intelligence services using voice analysis. … Continue reading

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UK ‘spying law’ removes right to privacy says Kent expert

Dr Eerke Boiten warns Investigatory Powers bill will remove Internet Service Providers’ right to protect your privacy. Eerke Boiten, School of Computing and Director of the Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research, writes in The Conversation : ‘We should seriously debate the role … Continue reading

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Dear Google: open letter on transparency in ‘right to be forgotten’

Eighty top academics including Eerke Boiten from the School of Computing and Alan Mckenna from Kent Law School have signed an open letter to Google, arguing for more public scrutiny over its handling of ‘right to be forgotten’ requests. The letter was featured … Continue reading

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There’s no deceiving University of Kent technology

Final year Undergraduate student Oliver Florence explores deception detection and a new technology being developed at The University of Kent’s School of Computing. Although the idea of being strapped into a polygraph machine might well make you uncomfortable, it seems … Continue reading

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