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On Friday 10 May Dr Simon McCallum spoke to senior Mathematics and Digital Technology classes about the course he simultaneously teaches at Victoria University and Norwegian University of Science and Technology. He spoke about having the right motivational tools for gaming as well as some technical aspects. The students were fascinated and listened to his every word.

Simon spoke of Artificial Intelligence trends such as multiple AIs working together to reduce errors. He said AI could affect many jobs. He even described how robots are building kitset furniture in Germany allowing builders to become fast jigsaw piece assemblers. We are watching the Careers space with some nervousness and wait for the next big to replace some of the jobs being lost to AI.

Simon is a Senior Lecturer in software engineering, and has been teaching Computer Science since 1999 with Game specific courses from 2004. At undergraduate level he has taught everything from Game Design, with a focus on system design, to GPU programming and Multithreaded optimization. His research focuses on Games for Health and Education, and Dr McCallum teaches in our Computer Graphics & Games major at Te Herenga Waka. Dr McCallum has been working with NZQA, MoE and recently PPTA discussing the impact of AI on Education. You can read more about him here.

Thankyou Victoria University and Simon, Mr Watt and Ms Nagarajan!

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