The groundbreaking Xenobots were created by a team from Tufts University and the University of Vermont.
Douglas Blackiston, Tufts University
Xenobots have been called the world's first "living robots". They are made entirely of living tissue, and can be programmed to move towards a certain object.
Shops checkouts are predicted to disappear this decade. Customers will be able to take what they want and walk out, with payment done automatically.
Technological change has always destroyed jobs. But now automation and artificial intelligence are drying up the options for those displaced.
Traditional companies need to embrace high-quality data gathering to avoid being left behind by the next industrial revolution.
Tumour cells under a microscope labelled with fluorescent molecules.
There is a need to move from conventional cancer treatments to more targeted and personalised therapies.
Scores of jobs could be affected by the fourth industrial revolution – and not enough is being done to guard against this.
Anonymised data is crucial for AI to work.
Medical data will need to be treated as precious to our health as drinking water.
Abandoned trolleys litter a roadside in Whalan, a suburb in Sydney’s outer west.
Abandoned trolleys are an all-too-common sight. A solution to this intractable problem depends on a combination of policy and legal changes, public engagement and tracking technology.
Emotion recognition technology, an outgrowth of facial recognition technology, continues to advance quickly.
A report calls for banning the use of emotion recognition technology. An AI and computer vision researcher explains the potential and why there's growing concern.
If it's impossible to accurately predict the future then there may be limits to how smart artificial intelligence can become.
When algorithms make decisions with real-world consequences, they need to be fair.
A machine learning expert predicts a new balance between human and machine intelligence is on the horizon. For that to be good news, researchers need to figure out how to design algorithms that are fair.
In-home digital personal assistant devices are becoming increasingly popular, but their presence raises privacy concerns.
When hosting a dinner party, are you obliged to let your guests know that you own a smart device like Amazon Echo or Google Home? The answer is yes, according to a privacy researcher.
Debris left behind after a tornado strike on Jefferson City, Missouri, May 23, 2019.
AP Photo/Summer Ballentine
Government agencies have detailed plans for responding to disasters, but one piece doesn't get enough attention: cleaning up the mess that's left behind.
The world’s data centres produce about the same amount of carbon dioxide as global air travel.
The digital economy is taking off. So are the greenhouse gas emissions, electronic waste and pollution associated with it.
How can we make sure new technologies stay centred on human wellbeing?
Axel Heimken / DPA
The humanities can supply wisdom to guide our galloping technological progress.
Chilean President Sebastián Piñera decrees a state of emergency to restore public order after a day of violent protest, Oct.19, 2019.
Sebastián Rodríguez/Prensa Presidencia
As protests raged across Chile last month, President Piñera repeatedly addressed the nation. Researchers fed his speeches into an AI system to assess the emotions behind his words.
Alongside doctors, AI could be a useful tool for providing better diagnosis.
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An AI trained to look at heart scans was able to successfully predict risk of death. But one expert cautions we still need to be careful about designing -- and using -- AI for medical diagnosis.
Close-up on the circuitry of the Vesuvius quantum computer, announced in 2012 by the Canadian firm D-Wave Systems.
On October 23 Google announced that it built a quantum computer thousands of times faster than classic computers. This could have immense impacts on finance, cryptography and other fields.
A firefighter walks along a containment line while battling a 2018 wildfire in Redding, California.
AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez
Researchers like myself are finding transformative new ways to help planners, leaders and first responders tackle disasters from afar.
DeepMind’s artificial intelligence-powered AlphaStar (green) repels an attack in the virtual world of StarCraft II.
StarCraft II is the latest complex game to be conquered by artificial intelligence. But if robots now reign supreme at virtual war, where does that leave us when it comes to real conflict?
Responding to the ever-growing amount of email can be a stress-inducing job task.
Google's Smart Compose feature is meant to help deal with the deluge of email, but does it increase the pressure to respond quicker?