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A short history of the early days of artificial intelligence

A short history of the early days of artificial intelligence Copyright free image Copyright free: Archive.org New content
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 26 May 2016
Artificial Intelligence seems very much of our time - but as Jessica Riskin explains, history records many attempts to create machines that think.

OpenLearn Live: 19th April 2016

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Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 19 Apr 2016
The shower curtains which stuck together and changed the world; why the 'gay' lions aren't; and a trip inside the large hadron collider. Free...

OpenLearn Live: 8th April 2016

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Duration 5 mins Updated 08 Apr 2016
The attempt to drag cassette tapes into the late 20th Century that unspooled. Then more free learning through the day.

Why would you want to make a bee wear a backpack?

Why would you want to make a bee wear a backpack? Creative commons image Gilles San Martin under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 03 Dec 2015
It's not the first time that researchers have put tiny backpacks on bees... but this time, the technology has improved.

OpenLearn Live: 12th November 2015

OpenLearn Live: 12th November 2015 Copyright free image Copyright free: Public domain
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 12 Nov 2015
How do you run a railway uphill? Then more free learning through the day.

Are NHS-recommended mental health apps actually doing any good?

Are NHS-recommended mental health apps actually doing any good? Creative commons image Sebastiaan ter Burg under CC-BY licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Oct 2015
The NHS has endorsed a number of apps promising better mental health. Trouble is, says Simon Leigh, there's no real evidence they can deliver.

Are women under-represented at tech accelerators?

Are women under-represented at tech accelerators? Creative commons image Kevin Hale under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Oct 2015
Tech accelerators are successful at helping start-ups power forward - but are they just creating new boys' networks?

What can you do with leftover coffee grounds?

What can you do with leftover coffee grounds? Copyright free image Copyright free: Skitterphoto
Introductory level Duration 5 mins Updated 29 Oct 2015
If your office is anything like the OpenLearn one, you'll be generating a load of waste coffee grounds everyday. Maybe we shouldn't be throwing it...

Never trust a pirate: Christiaan Huygens’s Longitude Clocks

Never trust a pirate: Christiaan Huygens’s Longitude Clocks Creative commons image The Royal Society under CC-BY-SA licence under Creative-Commons license
Intermediate level Duration 10 mins Updated 26 Oct 2015
As a tribute to the historian Lisa Jardine, who died on October 25th, we're republishing her essay on the shady history of 17th Century timekeeping.