Thanks to new deep-learning techniques, AI has the potential to analyse, improve and contribute to the process of human discussion.
Artist impression of Kepler-90i, the eighth planet discovered orbiting around Kepler-90.
Google's artificial intelligence has been taught to look for planets around other stars. It's already making new discoveries that scientists have missed.
The Luvabella robotic dolls are reportedly one of this season’s most wanted toys. It’s time to pause and ask about its impact on children.
The technological revolution has hit the doll aisle this holiday season in the form of artificial intelligence dolls. What does it mean for children's development, to confuse real bodies with machines?
A team of technologists have joined forces with doctors, lawyers, economists and philosophers to make technology ethical.
A report released today by the world’s largest technical professional organisation is designed to help humanity avoid a robot apocalypse.
What’s the link between technology and consciousness?
Researchers' views depend in part on what technology is (or will be) capable of – and in part on what consciousness actually is.
DeepMind's machine learning collaboration with another NHS trust (this time, it's applying the tech to breast cancer) kicks up more questions of trust.
The latest episode of The Conversation's In Depth, Out Loud podcast, in which we read out a selection of long form stories.
How can computers learn to teach themselves new skills?
For future machines to be as smart as we are, they'll need to be able to learn like we do.
There are some strong arguments for giving machines the rights to their creations.
Governments face disruption by the private sector and social unrest unless they embrace new technology. Here, Prime Minster Justin Trudeau meets a robot in Edmonton last May as others look on.
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Government is about to be disrupted by technology in the same manner as major industries. It's about time.
One day we could have an intelligent robot cook up surprise meals at home.
Robots have already learned to cheat when playing games. How do we teach them morals if we want them more involved in our everyday lives?
Pain is something everyone experiences. This episode of The Anthill podcast explores how and why it works in our brains, what kinds of drugs are being developed to reduce pain, and whether or not robots of the future should be built so that they experience pain.
Robots are currently used by police for bomb disposal. Future versions will be much more sophisticated.
Robots are a twin-edged sword. Used badly, they may one day perpetrate genocide and war crimes. Used well, they can prevent them.
A US Air Force MQ-9 Reaper drone is piloted remotely over Afghanistan. But what if AI was to take control?
US Air Force Photo/Lt Col Leslie Pratt.
Leading experts in AI and robotics want the Prime Ministers of Australia and Canada to join the growing campaign to ban killer robots.
Humans and their technologies have evolved together over time.
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What does it mean to be a responsible, mature and wise technological being? Our future lies in seeking real answers to this type of question.
Navdeep Bains, Canada’s
innovation, science and economic development minister, takes part in a technology event in Ottawa in May 2017. The Canadian government has started up a $1.26-billion fund to support innovation-related business investments.
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If leaders of educational institutions are concerned about the employability of graduates, they should avoid over-investing in STEM subjects and stop snubbing liberal arts.
Dota 2 championship.
AI just beat a top human professional in the game Dota 2, but the technology could help with much bigger strategic problems.
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An expert in artificial intelligence believes we're not ready for the challenges posed by Saudi Arabia granting a robot citizenship. Key questions about robot identity and rights remain unanswered.
The iPhone X’s big new features come with a high price tag.
AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez
Apple's latest iPhone sold out within minutes of its launch, but questions still remain about whether that pace of demand will continue and, if so, whether the company's supply chain will be able to keep up.
When everyone’s out of a job, will workers unite?
As artificial intelligence technology becomes more capable, it threatens more types of jobs – like lawyers, bureaucrats and managers. What social upheaval will happen if those people can't find work?