Dr. Nigel Seel - Contributor

  • The Implications Of Watson

    Posted Monday, February 28th, 2011 11:11 am GMT -4

    You have to hand it to IBM: they know how to put on a good show. As their Watson system won at Jeopardy, human champion Ken Jennings ruefully conceded: “I for one welcome our new computer overlords.” If you want to buy a working overlord for yourself, IBM senior consultant Tony Pearson reckons it will […]

  • Book Review: ‘Deep State’ By Walter Jon Williams

    Posted Monday, February 21st, 2011 04:06 pm GMT -4

    ‘Dagmar cleared her throat. The others turned to her. “I’m all four-oh-four,” she said. “Who is this freakin’ Sengor?”‘ If you’re not ‘all 404′ with this style of dialogue then you’re in the right demographic for Walter Jon Williams’ new novel, Deep State. Dagmar is Puppetmaster for Alternate Reality Games (ARGs) which she organizes through […]

  • Book Review: ‘The Hidden Reality: Parallel Universes And The Deep Laws Of The Cosmos’ By Brian Greene

    Posted Monday, February 14th, 2011 02:20 pm GMT -4

    Looking at the night sky we look back in time. The most distant galaxy currently known is 13.2 billion light years away, formed only 480 million years after the Big Bang itself. In the intervening years space itself has expanded and that galaxy is now 41 billion light years distant. So do we live in […]

  • Book Review: ‘Halo: Cryptum’ By Greg Bear

    Posted Monday, February 7th, 2011 02:04 pm GMT -4

    When you contemplate the novelization of a computer game your heart sinks to your boots, especially if the game, like ‘Halo’, was a first-person shooter. What the game will give its devotees is a very simple paradigm: explore strange spaces, meet unusual entities, and kill them. There‚Äôs nothing wrong with that but a novel has […]