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Profile: Dr Tony Hirst

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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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 Credit: 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?

How fertility rates affect population

How fertility rates affect population Creative commons image Credit: The Open University
Introductory level Duration 10 mins Updated 07 Nov 2013
Tony Hirst looks at population models and the effects of changing fertility rates.

Finding and charting data

Finding and charting data Copyrighted image Credit: Sunnycatty | Dreamstime.com
Introductory level Duration 20 mins Updated 04 Nov 2013
To test assumptions you need to be able to find and analyse relevant data. Tony Hirst shares some techniques.

Nudging Up the Price of Parking

Nudging Up the Price of Parking Copyrighted image Credit: © Steve Ball | Dreamstime.com
Updated 15 Aug 2013
When faced with a car parking charge of £1.90 and a "no change" ticket machine, how much do we actually end up paying?

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Finding and charting data Copyrighted image Credit: 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 Credit: jlmarallicensed for reuse under CC BY-SA 2.0
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...
Naughty robot: Where's your human operator? Creative commons image Credit: jlmarallicensed for reuse under CC BY-SA 2.0
Comment posted by Carolyn Djebbari on 21st Jul 2013
The questions raised are important but how are we supposed to answer correctly when the general public are so ill informed on matters concerning AI. How far has technology got? How will it impact...
A dark future for warehousing? Creative commons image Credit: FlySilicensed for reuse under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0
Comment posted by Dan Waw on 4th Jun 2013
I remember on my uni we were making a robot who looks like EVE from Wall-E or something like ipod. We had a website where we were able to control the robot. Pretty nice stuff really. ...
Robot cars, part 1: Parking the future for now Copyrighted image Credit: Brett Critchley | Dreamstime.com
Comment posted by Arisson Santos on 28th May 2013
Google is already developing self-driving cars. But I am sure it will be another decade or two to get these self-driving systems working efficiently.

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Naughty robot: Where's your human operator? Creative commons image Credit: jlmarallicensed for reuse under CC BY-SA 2.0
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 Credit: Fernando Cavalcanti / Campus Party under CC-BY-NC-SA licence
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

A. A. 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)

Jeffrey H. 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?'

Jeffrey H. 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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