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She started by using an artist’s impression to show a new star with a black hole at the centre. Coming away from it were, very unexpectedly, rays of salt! One of her new projects will be ready in 5 years time, and is a huge area of radio telescopes in South Africa and Australia. Hopefully this will show a trillion galaxies, but they are having a problem storing all of the vast amounts of data it provides on a daily basis. She then went on to explain about her favourite part of her work in artificial intelligence. She has worked with NASA developing a robot to go to Mars and set up a human camp. She then went on to explain the title of her lecture by showing us her research into an AI lung that will help you breathe if in the unfortunate incident of an avalanche and being buried alive. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t work for her as her human instinct was to panic! The main theme of the lecture was that to innovate we have to take ourselves out of our comfort zone and be prepared to fail but to try again. Professor George hopefully left our pupils with thoughts of going on to lead in technology even if it’s just a robot doing the housework! But she definitely inspired some of our pupils to go on to study Science at a higher level.
Date online: 05 December 2019