Digital Assistants – Deep Dive

Last week, we spoke with Prof Vincent Wade from the Adapt Centre for Research into Digital Content about the digital personal assistant project Adele. The interview touched on a number of different technologies and areas of research such as natural language processing, human/machine interaction and artificial intelligence, so Niall Kitson has done a deeper dive into these fields, this week interviewing some of Ireland’s foremost researchers in those areas. Enjoy.

 

Digital Assistants – Vincent Wade

With Siri, Cortana, Alexa and Google Assistant slowly becoming part of how we use connected devices, we look at digital personal assistants, and chat with Vincent Wade, Director of the Adapt Centre for Research into Digital Content,  who has been working on a next-generation digital personal assistant called Adele.

 

Digital Artist

This week we hear more of the congressional hearings involving social media giants and fake news outlets as well as speaking  with digital artist Jer Thorpe.

 

Social Media Scams with Jenny Radcliffe

With an ability to talk her way into a secure building, or  spot a psychopath from a hundred feet, Jenny has become a world expert in ‘Social Engineering’ and helps everyone from companies to poker players to protect themselves from being read or  attacked. This is a fascinating interview about scams and cons of all kinds, and how easy it is for someone to get your personal information … from you!

 

Tech Class

This week, we have two very interesting interviews for you.  The first is with Simon Lewis, who is a well-known tech activist and Principal of Carlow Educate Together, with some very interesting views on how technology is changing the classroom. We also chat with Sean Moynihan, who works with Alone, the organisation that supports older people and who are also doing something very interesting with tech.

 

 

UXDX – Lea Schonfelder

Last week, web designers, developers and user experience experts came to Dublin for UXDX. Among the speakers was Lea Schonfelder, one of the designers of ‘Monument Valley 2’, which has made $14 million in 2 years and even featured in House of Cards.

What’s interesting about the game is that it came about by accident, when some developers applied the principles of user experience in web design, to mobile gaming.

Niall Kitson sat down with Lea to talk about the game’s appeal and the development process behind it.

 

404 – Katharine Jarmul

Ireland’s biggest tech meetup 404 takes place this weekend at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham.  Earlier this week Niall caught up one of the featured speakers, Katharine Jarmul, to discuss her fascination with AI and art.
 

Space Week – Niall Smith CIT

Space Week kicks off next week, with a series of more than 100 events taking place around Ireland, so we check in with Niall Smith from Cork Institute of Technology to find out more about Ireland’s future in space.

 

 

Cyborgs

This week we have an amazing chat for you with one of Ireland’s leaders on the topic of cyborgs.

Shane Patrick McNamee is an independent researcher, policy analyst within the Irish Civil Service and blogger, at ‘The Undiciplined’ dot com. His area of interest is looking at our new world of virtual and augmented reality, robots and cyborgs and wonders where all these new powerful technologies sit within the law.

 

Apple X

Reaction to Apples latest announcements from iPhone to iOS updates and a look into the future at what the iPhone 12 might look like!