Monthly Archives: January 2018

Learning to develop an Alexa skill

I wanted to find out about developing a Voice User Interface as the opportunities to use such an interactive voice resource within a learning environment, especially a ‘personal’ learning environment – whether formal, informal or non-formal, appears to be considerable. I’ve signed up to AWS (Amazon Web Service) and also Amazon Developer so I can create an Alexa skill. I’ve already practiced creating a skill using the Amazon step-by-step guide and this works, so now I need to put this into

Learning to learn

Clearly there are many ways in which someone can learn something, but what is the general process which someone can utilise to help them learn? With the speed in which technology is changing and its impact on the workplace and home, the need to continue to learn is fundamental to staying an active and engaged part of the society in which we live. It’s currently not just technological change, but also political, economic and social change that appears to be

Grass ID Key

I’ve created a database for some 180 grasses, focusing on vegetative features because these are available for longer periods of the year than floral features in grasses. I’ve also added a couple of other options which will be useful for anyone managing turfgrass surfaces for either sports or general lawns and amenity surfaces. The web application is functional and should only be considered as in trial form for the time being. However, the initial aim of creating something which can

Artificial Intelligence and Turf Management

OK, this isn’t something you normally see in the same sentence but I’m having a brief thinking session on the potential for using artificial intelligence – AI – (well, this depends upon its definition) to help aid manage turfgrass surfaces more effectively. Essentially this is developing the turf management model concept from earlier postings in March and April 2017. There are many variables within turf management and many of these are poorly understood, especially regards how one variable might interact with one or more other variables. However, this