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Tony Hirst is a Lecturer in the Department of Communication and Systems at The Open University and regular blogger at OUseful.info. With a background in electronics and artificial intelligence, he has authored on OU courses ranging from robotics to information skills, and most recently a course on computer game design and appreciation. He has been The Open University's academic representative on BBC Radio's Click On and Digital Planet.

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How to compare income across countries

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How to compare income across countries Copyrighted image Copyright: Wingspan Productions
Advanced level Duration 45 mins Updated 16 Sep 2015
When we want to compare figures from two different countries, what makes for a fair basis of comparison? Tony Hirst and Hans Rosling explain. 

An introduction to visualising development data

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An introduction to visualising development data Copyrighted image Copyright: Wingspan Productions
Advanced level Duration 45 mins Updated 16 Sep 2015
Tony Hirst and Hans Rosling introduce us to visualising development data and explore bar charts, line charts and scatter graphs.

Looking at population data

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Looking at population data Copyrighted image Copyright: Wingspan Productions
Advanced level Duration 30 mins Updated 15 Sep 2015
Tony Hirst and Hans Rosling take us on adventure through population data and what it can tell us.

Why would you want your own web domain?

Why would you want your own web domain? Creative commons image Warrenski under CC-BY-SA under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 Aug 2015
New services are making it easier to have your own home, under its own address, on the internet. But why would you want to do that? Tony Hirst...

Who says? The origins of data that gets used to make decisions

Who says? The origins of data that gets used to make decisions Copyrighted image Copyright: Scott Adams/Universal Uclick, via educational usage
Introductory level Duration 15 mins Updated 04 Feb 2014
Numbers add authority to news stories and policy decisions. Where do the numbers come from? Should we trust them?

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Diary of a data sleuth: When the data you don't collect affects the data you do Creative commons image eviloars under CC-BY-NC licence under Creative-Commons license
Comment posted by David Adlington on 10th Mar 2016
I belive the licence plate referes to the popular computer game "Left 4 Dead" https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/b/ba/Left4Dead2.jpg  
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Finding and charting data Copyrighted image Copyright: Sunnycatty | Dreamstime.com
Comment posted by Louise Worsley on 6th Nov 2014
Very helpful - thank you ...
Finding and charting data Copyrighted image Copyright: Sunnycatty | Dreamstime.com
Comment posted by erlan guzman on 1st Jan 2014
it was fantastic session of training.
Naughty robot: Where's your human operator? Creative commons image jlmarallicensed for reuse under CC BY-SA 2.0 under Creative-Commons license
Comment posted by Dr Tony Hirst on 24th Jul 2013
You are quite right that public perceptions of artificial intelligence and the limits of robotics are maybe at odds with what is currently possible and pragmatically achievable. Perceptions are as...

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Naughty robot: Where's your human operator? Creative commons image jlmarallicensed for reuse under CC BY-SA 2.0 under Creative-Commons license
Comment posted by Dr Tony Hirst on 24th Jul 2013
You are quite right that public perceptions of artificial intelligence and the limits of robotics are maybe at odds with what is currently possible and pragmatically achievable. Perceptions are as...
Free as in freedom, not as in price Creative commons image Fernando Cavalcanti / Campus Party under CC-BY-NC-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
Comment posted by Dr Tony Hirst on 11th Mar 2011
I think that references in the first part of the interview are made in the sense of 'little-o' open source software as in the "open" availability of the source code, rather than in the sense of...

Dr Tony Hirst's research

Adrian Hopgood and A. J. Hirst (2007-02) Keeping a distance-education course current through elearning and contextual assessment, In IEEE Transactions on Education 1(50)

Professor Jeff Johnson and A. J. Hirst (2005-05) Robots, art and complexity science, In Complexity Symposium: Art, Complexity and Technology: Their Interaction in Emergence

G. Latif-Shabgahi and A. J. Hirst (2005-03) A fuzzy voting scheme for hardware and software fault tolerant systems, In Fuzzy Sets and Systems 3(150)

Jonathan Rosewell et al. (2005) Robotics and the meaning of life: a practical guide to things that think, In CAL '05 'Virtual Learning?'

Professor Jeff Johnson, A. J. Hirst and Steve W. Garner (2003) Learning from designing the RoboFesta - Blue Peter robots, In Artificial Life and Robotics(7)

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