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Making Stargate AI - Part One - The Approach

Recently, I’ve been working on a very exciting project – instigated by an idea from Brad Wright, creator of the ‘Stargate’ TV shows. Given how many attempts there have been for Machine Learning models to consume scripts and to attempt to come up with stories of their own, why couldn’t we do something similar for Stargate – where there are over 3...

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Global Skills Reports - Jobs of Tomorrow

Coursera’s Global Industry Skills Report of 2021 has been released, and it contains some excellent insights into the skills of tomorrow. You can download it for yourself here. It’s been clear for some time that a digital transformation is underway, and that the skills to succeed in tomorrow’s will be vastly different than those of today. I’ve...

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AI in popular media - Star Trek

Infinite Diversity in Infinite Combinations - The spirit of Star Trek It would be hard to have a series of articles about Science Fiction, and the portrayal of Artificial Intelligence within without talking about Star Trek. Earlier articles looked at Star Wars and how we accept a fictional society as just and good, despite the fact that it’s b...

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AI in popular media - Dune

High technology with little technology, the world of Dune Continuing this series looking at popular Sci-Fi media, I now want to explore the fabulous world of Frank Herbert’s Dune series. Earlier articles looked at Star Wars and how we accept a fictional society as just and good, despite the fact that it’s built on the abject slavery of artific...

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AI in popular media - Asimov's Laws

Can we live with artificial sentient beings as equals? I once read a definition of Science Fiction as ‘making an argument for a world that has not yet come into existence,’ and it’s in the spirit of that, that I’m exploring works of Sci-Fi, in particular with regards to artificial intelligence, and exploring their arguments in favor of a partic...

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New Dataset for Yoga Pose Classification

I’m a huge fan of using synthetic means to create data to drive Machine Learning understanding forward. For computer vision, one often has spend a lot of money to create a dataset of images, by, for example, hiring photographers, models, equipment and the rest. But with Computer Generated Imagery (CGI), it’s becoming easier to create photoreali...

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AI in popular media - Star Wars and Slavery

There is much discussion and speculation about the emergence of AI, the path to AGI, the singularity, and whether or not AI will be the end of humanity. I find it fascinating because it’s primarily speculation and mainly driven by fear of the unknown. That’s not a great way to get an accurate prediction. Let’s think about that for a second. Pe...

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What it's like to write a comic book

A few years back I was ecstatic to be given the opportunity to write the Stargate Universe comic books. As a test, the publisher asked me to pitch a one-shot storyline with the characters from Stargate Atlantis on vacation. So I had them in Ireland, caught up in a classic mystery with a small village of folks terrified by the legend of the Dear...

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