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Our judges had a tough time deciding. We're loving all your responses, great to see so many of you participating today.
Our winners are:
1st place: @MattBurr
2nd place: @SeanByrne
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Sorry to be running late..... great 'ask the expert session'...
I don’t think anytime in history has been more exciting, so the best Dinner Party I could think of:
- Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus – WHO Director-0General , very busy man that deserves a good home cooked meal
- Melinda Gates – long term philanthropist who understands the world & business
- Elon Musk – making massive change happen now
- Our Microsoft BDM Jules Damcevski – kicks our butts and makes things happen
I’d invite Donald Trump for spark and entertainment, but really couldn’t be bothered….
Alan Turing, the roots of modern day crypto’s, encryption
Satoshi Nakamoto, or whomever it is... because bitcoin..
Tim Berners-Lee, www
Bill Gates & Paul Allen, together!
Honourable mention, our very own:
Kudos if you can guess where this photo was taken!
Tough, seriously tough choices.
Today. Bill G. of course. We here as a result.
Yester-year. Alan Turing. Foundations of computing is maths and he was a founding father. Plus he set the original question to determine when AI equals Human; which may happen in a current lifetime.
Future. The person who creates the AI platform that will need to be the 'HAL' for the human visit to 'MARS...now that's a test.
As in Sydney and shining on our Aussie contribution, Wifi inventor and his undoubted impact on our world today. John O’ Sullivan
The DeLorean - with its 'future' modifications of Mr Fusion and flight.. from 2015...
With time travel - temporal paradoxes aside - we can understand past decisions better and get insights into future challenges and technologies!
First of all, I don’t believe that this is even up for debate. Second, I can’t believe that you misspelt KITT’s name! How could ANYONE go past the AI legend that was way before it’s time? The other laggards of this list, that I won’t even bother to mention as they are so unworthy, can not even talk!
Next thing I know you’ll be asking me to revert to Skype for Business from Teams (yes, I’ve just finished watching the ‘Helping our customers with Microsoft 365 and Teams’ session), that’s how ridiculously obvious the answer to this question is…
Anyway.... off to the next session....
Dinner Party Guest List
1. Margaret Hamilton - For those of you who don't know, Margaret Hamilton is the absolutely legend who wrote the code to get us to the moon, forging the path for all of humankind in a room full of men. She also coined the term software engineering.
2. Johannes Gutenberg - Gutenberg invented the printing press, often cited as the most important invention in all of history. His influence has spanned the centuries proceeding him, his invention accelerating the our progress into modernity as we know it.
3. Radia Perlman - AKA 'The Mother of the Internet'!!! Radia invented the algorithm behind the Spanning Tree Protocol, which is foundational to the internet! Similar to Gutenberg, her work has accelerated the world, changing it in ways unimaginable before her work.
4. Leonardo da Vinci - Okay, a bit of a classic, I get it. But seriously, he was an all round genius! To bask in his art, discuss his brilliant engineering feats, and explore the things lost through the history of space and time - a chance I woudl not pass up lightly!
Bumblebee exceeds the others on every front.
1. Far superior AI machine than KIT
2. Better CyberSecurity machine defense system than Batmobile
3. Far more stylish transportation than the DeLorean
KITT from knight rider... hands down a dream for any tech nerd - silent mode was hilarious he only did it downhill.
LOOK AT THIS LIST OF FEATURES - credit https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KITT
KITT is essentially an advanced supercomputer on wheels. The "brain" of KITT is the Knight 2000 microprocessor which is the centre of a "self-aware" cybernetic logic module that allowed KITT to think, learn, communicate and interact with humans. He is also capable of independent thought and action. He always had an ego that was easy to bruise and displayed a very sensitive, but kind and dryly humorous personality. He also has an in-dash entertainment system that can play music and video, and run various computer programs including arcade games which Michael sometimes indulged in while KITT was driving. According to Episode 55, "Dead of Knight", KITT has 1,000 megabits of memory with one nanosecond access time. According to Episode 65, "Ten Wheel Trouble", KITT's future capacity is unlimited. KITT's serial number is AD227529, as mentioned in Episode 31, "Soul Survivor".
KITT's "Alpha Circuit" is part of KITT's main control system which allows the CPU to drive the car. The time KITT's "evil twin" KARR spent submerged in water damaged his Alpha Circuit, which required KARR to have an operator to control his Turbo Boost function.
Molecular Bonded Shell
KITT is armored with "Tri-Helical Plasteel 1000 MBS" (Molecular Bonded Shell) plating which protects him from almost all forms of conventional firearms and explosive devices. He could only be harmed by heavy artillery and rockets, and even then, the blast usually left most of his body intact and only damaged internal components. The shell protected every part of the car including the tires. As a result, KITT's body is durable enough to act as a shield for explosives by driving over bombs to cover them and suppress the blast, ram through rigid barriers of strong material like cinder block walls or steel gates without suffering damage himself while damage to the car's structural integrity with its frequent long jumps on turbo boost is never an issue. The shell also protected him from fire and electricity; however, it was vulnerable to some potent acids and at least one formula was made (with knowledge of the shell's chemical base) to partially neutralize it. The shell is actually a combination of three secret substances referred together as the "Knight Compound", developed by Wilton Knight, who entrusted parts of the formula to three separate people. These individuals each only know two pieces of the formula, ensuring that any two of them could make more of the Knight Compound in an emergency situation and that no one person would be able to make it alone. The shell provided a frame tolerance of 223,000 lb (111.5 tons) and a front and rear axle suspension load of 57,000 lb (28.5 tons). In the pilot "Knight of the Phoenix", the shell is described as the panels of the car itself; in the later episodes, especially from season two onward, the idea of the shell being applied to a base vehicle chemically is used.
KITT is protected by a thermal-resistant coating that can withstand sustained temperatures of up to 800 degrees Fahrenheit (426 °C). First used in Episode 32, "Ring of Fire".
KITT is powered by the Knight Industries turbojet with modified afterburners and a computer controlled 8-speed turbodrive transmission. Specifications 0–60 mph in 2 seconds (1.37g), standing to quarter mile 4.286 seconds. Electromagnetic hyper-vacuum disc brakes: 14 foot (4.25 m) braking distance (70–0 mph – 112–0 km/h - 11.7g).
Used in most episodes, a pair of rocket boosters mounted just behind the front tires that lifted the car, allowing KITT to jump into the air and pass over obstacles in the road. Also, occasionally, Turbo Boost was used to allow KITT to accelerate to incredible speeds in excess of 200 mph (322 km/h). The boosters could fire forward or backward.
Voice (Anharmonic) Synthesizer
KITT's Voice Synthesizer allowed his logic module to speak and communicate. With it, KITT could also simulate other sounds. KITT's primary spoken language was English; however by accessing his language module, he could speak fluently in Spanish, French and much more. The module can be adjusted giving KITT different accents such as in Episode 82, "Out of the Woods", where KITT uses a "New York City" accent and called Michael, "Micky". During the first season, KITT's "mouth" ("Voice Modulator") in the interior of the vehicle was a flashing red square. In episode 14 "Heart of Stone", this was changed to three sectioned vertical bars, as this design proved popular with fans as part of KARR. (KARR used a bright yellow display with an inner bar that expanded outward and two outer bars that expanded from both ends inward, whereas KITT's was red and all three bars expanded outward from the center, but with greater magnitude in the center bar.)
KITT can project his voice at any position. First used in Episode 48, "Knight of the Drones, Pt. 2".
KITT's most apparent feature was his front scan bar called the Anamorphic Equalizer. The device is a fibre-optic array of electronic eyes. The scanner could see in all visual wavelengths as well as X-ray and infrared. Occasionally, the bar could pulse in different patterns and sweep rapidly or very slowly. The scanner is also KITT's most vulnerable area.
This system allowed KITT to hear sound. An array of audio sensors was threaded throughout his interior and exterior.
KITT could "smell" via an atmospheric sampling device mounted in his front bumper.
Microscanners are tiny audio and visual sensors embedded into the grooves of KITT's body. They allow for visual tracking and display of anything around the car.
These are KITT's four drive modes:
Normal Cruise – On "Normal", Michael has control of the car. In an emergency, KITT could still take over and activate Auto Cruise mode.
Auto Cruise – In "Auto", KITT could drive himself utilizing an advanced Auto Collision Avoidance system.
Pursuit – "Pursuit" is used during high-speed driving and is a combination of manual and computer assisted operation. KITT could respond to road conditions faster than Michael's reflexes could; however, Michael was technically in control of the vehicle and KITT helped guide certain maneuvers.
Super pursuit – KITT's Super-Pursuit mode was added at the start of the fourth season. It was the result of a redesign of the car to integrate new concepts consisting of improved rocket boosters for enhanced acceleration, retractable spoilers for aerodynamic stability, and movable air inlets for increased cooling. Super-Pursuit Mode provided a 40% boost in speed beyond the car's original top speed of 300 MPH. First used in Episode 70, "Knight of the Juggernaut, Part II".
KITT could run silently. The feature dampened his engine noise and allows him to sneak around. First used in Episode 37, "White-Line Warriors".
Grappling Hook and Winch
KITT has a hidden winch and grappling hook system, one mounted under his front bumper, and another in a compartment behind his tail light plate. Most often the hook is connected by a strong cable, but a metal arm has also been seen. The grappling hook is first used in Episode 6, "Not a Drop to Drink"; the winch is first used in Episode 13, "Forget Me Not".
Oil Jets/Smoke Screen
KITT could spray an oil slick and a plume of smoke from under the rear bumper. First used in Episode 1, "Knight of the Phoenix".
KITT has an induction coil he can produce from under his front bumper and that, being placed on a metal object, KITT can remotely induce electrical voltage or current in that object. This was used by Michael in "Knight of the Drones (Part I)" to electrify a fence in order to incapacitate and interrogate two thugs without seriously harming them.
KITT has flame throwers mounted under his bumpers. First used in Episode 2, "Deadly Maneuvers".
Tear Gas Launcher
KITT can dispense a cloud of tear gas along with his smoke screen. First used in Episode 13, "Hearts of Stone".
KITT can launch magnesium flares, which can also be used to divert heat-seeking missiles fired at him. First used in Episode 26, "Merchants of Death".
High Traction Drop Downs
When activated, the HTDD system hydraulically raises KITT's chassis for better traction when driving off-road. First used in Episode 39, "Speed Demons".
Michael could contact home base and communicate with Devon and others using KITT's video display.
KITT has an electronic jamming system that played havoc on electrical systems. The three main components are the Electromagnetic Field Generator, Electronic Field Disrupter and Microwave Ignition Sensor. The system could take control of electronic machines, allowing things like cheating at slot machines, breaking electronic locks, fouling security cameras, and withdrawing money from ATMs. In Episode 26, "Merchants of Death" the Microwave Jammer's power has been increased 3 times than its normal strength, strong enough to bring down a helicopter, at a limited distance.
KITT could lock the brakes of other vehicles. This system is believed to work by utilizing focused microwaves to heat the brake fluid, causing it to expand and apply the brakes of the car.
Surveillance Mode did several things:
KITT could detect people and vehicles and track their movements and discern proximity.
KITT could gather structural schematics of buildings, vehicles, or other devices and help Michael avoid potential danger when he was snooping.
KITT could also monitor radio transmissions and telephone communications within a location and trace those calls.
KITT could tap into computer systems to monitor, or upload and download information as long as he could break the access codes.
Added in Episode 86 "Hills of Fire". KITT's tires produce spikes that allow KITT to overcome steep terrain.
Infrared Tracking Scope
KITT could monitor the position of specific vehicles in the area within 10 miles.
KITT can fire a high powered ultra-frequency modulated laser capable of burning through steel plating. Like most of KITT's components, the schematics for the laser device are classified. First used in Episode 9, "Trust Doesn't Rust" and was used to try and destroy KARR by hitting KARR's only weak spot, however it never hit the mark due to miscalibration.
KITT is equipped with a bomb sniffer module that can detect explosives within a few yards of the vehicle. However the only downside is that if a building has steel beams in concrete it'll interfere the bomb sniffer. First used in Episode 25, "Brother's Keeper".
KITT has a medical scanner that includes an electrocardiograph (ECG). The medical scanner can monitor the vital signs of individuals and display them on his monitors. It could indicate such conditions as if they were injured, poisoned, undergoing stress or other emotional behavior. KITT could even monitor Michael's physical activity through sensors inside the driver seat. First used in Episode 1, "Knight of the Phoenix (Pt. 2)".
KITT can tint the windshield and windows to become opaque. First seen in Episode 14, "Give Me Liberty... or Give Me Death".
KITT could deflate and re-inflate his tires. First used in Episode 5 (first episode was actually 2 episodes), "Slammin' Sammy's Stunt Show Spectacular".
KITT was powered by a turbine engine primarily fueled by hydrogen gas. However, his complex fuel processor allows him to run on any combustible liquid, even regular gasoline. KITT's actual fuel requirements and efficiency ratings were classified, however in one episode, KITT mentioned his fuel economy was at least 65 miles per gallon. However, when operating on fuels other than liquid hydrogen, KITT's fuel efficiency and power output may be lowered.
Voice Stress Analyzer
KITT can process spoken voices and determine if someone may be lying. First used in Episode 26, "Merchants of Death".
Seat Ejection System
KITT had two front ejection seats, mostly used when Michael needed a boost to fire escapes or building roof tops. First used in Episode 1, "Knight of the Phoenix (Pt. 1)".
Passive Laser Restraint System
Added to KITT in later seasons, the restraint system helped protect Michael and any passengers from the shock of sudden impacts and hard stopping, especially after Super-Pursuit Mode. It is speculated that this is a primitive form of an inertial damping device. First used in Episode 47, "Knight of the Drones".
Video Display Monitors
KITT had two CRT video display monitors on his dash for various readouts. They are controlled by two systems, the Graphic Translator (which sketches likenesses from verbal input) and the Anamorphic Equalizer (which gathered visual information from KITT's front scan bar) and microscanners. KITT only had one when his dash was redesigned for the show's third season.
Computer Print Out
KITT could print hard copies of data on a dashboard-mounted printer. First used in Episode 15, "The Topaz Connection".
KITT could give Michael money when he needed it. First used in Episode 59, “Knight by a Nose”.
Ultraphonic Chemical Analyzer
KITT has a retractable tray with an electron scanner that could analyze the chemical properties of various materials. It could even scan fingerprints and read ballistic information off bullets and compare these with a police database. Aside from the scanning tray, the system could also analyze chemical information gathered from KITT's exterior sensors. First used in Episode 17, "Chariot of Gold".
KITT could release oxygen into his driver compartment and provide air to passengers if he was ever submerged in water or buried in earth. This is also used to overcome the effects of certain drugs. First used in Episode 5 (First episode was actually 2 episodes in one), "Slammin' Sammy's Stunt Show Spectacular".
Two-Wheel Ski Drive
The Ski Mode setting allowed KITT to "ski" (driving up on two wheels). First used in Episode 1, "Knight of the Phoenix".
Third Stage Aquatic Synthesizer
With this system, KITT can hydroplane, effectively "driving" on water, using his wheels and turbo system for propulsion. First used in Episode 28, "Return to Cadiz" but, later removed because it was now faulty at the end of the episode.
Emergency Braking System
The EBS slowed KITT down from Super-Pursuit speeds. It consisted of a forward braking booster and air panels that popped out to create air friction (air brakes). First used in Episode 70, "Knight of the Juggernaut, Part II".
Added fourth season, by pressing the "C" button on KITT's dash, Michael could bring the top down and KITT became a convertible. First used in Episode #70, "Knight of the Juggernaut, Part II".
Bumble bee, easily. He is sentient and can transform into basically anything. That is an easy win over Kit and the Batmobile, no more discussion needs to be had.
The time travel thing is kind of hard to argue, but depending on how you resolve the time travel paradox, it's either useless or a good way to break the universe...so it's really actually moot technology. No matter what though I'm going to vote for sentient space alien transformer tech over a moot flux capacitor.