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Bristol ML Talk – June 2019

Slides for my talk “What is AI?” at Bristol ML, 19th June 2019

WhatIsAi 2019 – Slides

This post is up in advance of my talk, so spoilers in the slides if you’ve not seen it yet.

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Bristech Talk – April 2018

Just a short post to host the slides and code from my Bristech talk “How to Capture the World, or Making Computers See in 3D”. It’s a short talk around computer vision, specifically a high level how-to on capturing 3D models from photos.

This post is up in advance of my talk, so spoilers in the slides and code if you’ve not seen it yet.

Making underwater robots see in 3D is part of what I do at Rovco. If it’s an interesting topic, even though your skills might be in other areas – we’re hiring in my team.

if you’re interested in my podcast, Pincount, I can recommend the “What is AI?” episode as an accessible place to start.

What do I do?

Beyond the rather glib answer of “make space robots smarter (and some on earth too)” I thought it would be handy to have somewhere to point people. Of course you can look at my published research, but there have also been many publicly published articles, videos and talks featuring me and work that I’ve done – this is somewhere to collect them. To be honest, this is as much for my future reference as anyone else’s. Mostly space stuff at the moment, as it seems to make the best PR – though it’s not all I’ve done of late.


The Atacama Desert
The Atacama Desert, photo courtesy Mark Woods.

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A post-laptop laptop?

So I’m considering a new computer. I’ve had my current laptop the longest of any computer ever (A 2011 i7 13″ Macbook Pro) and partly just fancy some new gadgetry, but also would like something with faster disk (so a bigger SSD) and a “retina” display. Also my personal computing needs have changed since I bought it, maybe a different device is a better fit? It’s still a good laptop, but what’s next?

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Or as I think of it in my head, “the Steambone”.


Why? What’s this post about? Well, with the recent release of next gen consoles such as the  Xbox One and PS4 I thought about replacing my long in the tooth 360 with an Xbox One (aka “Xbone”). But then SteamOS has been getting a lot of press, and I wondered:

Can I build a decent living room gaming PC for the price of an Xbone?

And thus, I set out to create my Steambone. I’ve split the write-up in two, this post is about the build, the next post is about the experience.

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Why am I writing here?

I mean, no one’s going to want to read this right? And I have a (woefully infrequently updated) blog for the “useful” stuff I come up with over at  Well,  people ask me about things. Normally technology. Not always. And as I type a reply – ‘cos I’m helpful like that – sometimes I think “someone else is going to ask me the same thing”. So this is a place to type those replies, so I can share them. Or others can share them.

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