By Sally Ward-Foxton, 06.20.19 The UK is one of the most surveilled countries in the world, with closed-circuit televisions (CCTV) cameras everywhere, from shops to buses to private homes. In the last couple of years, AI techniques, such as neural networks, have propelled large-scale automated facial recognition. Combined with the UK’s huge network of existing CCTV cameras, […]
Email has never been huge in China, and it’s down to a combination of cultural factors and timing.I In May 2008 I was teaching at a private English school in Yangshuo, a small town in southern China. It is an idyllic place to study, with limestone hills, known as karst, decorating the riverine landscape. When […]
Isolated from the rest of the world, one woman pushed computing from a geeky obsession into a transformative industry.
The computer pioneer who built modern China By Leila McNeill19th February 2020 In April 1960, China’s first home-grown electronic digital general purpose computer – the Model 107 – went live. Xia Peisu, the machine’s engineer and designer, had just made history. After decades of war with Japan and the Chinese Civil War in the first […]