Drones are pesky, hazardous and can spy on you while you're getting dressed. But they can also do a huge amount of good
Delivery bots, maintenance drones and care robots are all being tested in real world contexts – and that's just the beginning.
High tech plus ‘bucket and spade’ employed in the fight against malaria.
High-tech drones and low-tech 'bucket and spade' are helping Malawians fight malaria.
Iraqi Army soldiers South of Mosul in November 2016.
Ten years after the publication of two major works about violence, their authors meet to discuss their theories and renew the debate.
The old border was a source of anger, resentment and violence.
After Brexit, politicians hope that technology can help us avoid a hard border in Ireland.
Eyes in the sky: drone footage is becoming a vital tool for monitoring ecosystems.
Deakin Marine Mapping Group
Ecology is in the midst of a technological revolution. From tiny sensors that can be fitted to animals, to swarms of remotely-piloted drones, researchers have a host of new ways to study the natural world.
Would you be – or feel – safer if one of these people were a robot?
Airplanes could be safer with technology at the helm. A key sticking point is human opinion.
Algorithms will soon be able to decide who to target.
US Air Force
The militarisation of AI has serious ethical and legal implications.
Governments have started to see automation as the key to brighter urban futures. But what will this look like?
Fed up: a protest in Dera Ismail Khan, Pakistan.
The movement known as the 'Pashtun Long March' and the 'Pashtun Spring' has emerged from a history of human rights abuses, regional politics and War on Terror policies.
RikoBest / shutterstock
New research finds small drones on short deliveries use less carbon than the equivalent vehicles.
A drone image of a breeding colony of Greater Crested Terns. Researchers used plastic bird decoys to replicate this species in an experiment that compared different ways of counting wildlife.
A few thousand fake ducks, a group of experienced wildlife spotters and a drone have proven the usefulness and accuracy of drones for wildlife monitoring.
A Westpac Little Ripper drone helped rescue two teens off the coast of Australia by dropping a flotation device to them.
Westpac Little Ripper
Drones and unmanned aerial vehicles are already saving lives in search and rescue operations, but they still need improvements if they're to be widely used in the most dangerous situations.
The Mount Agung volcano spews smoke, as seen from Karangasem, Bali.
Robots, like drones, are filtering the natural world through algorithms and turning the world into data.
Drones being used to find survivors after an earthquake in Ecuador in 2016.
Stand by for drones, robots and sensors to the rescue.
The Campaign Against Killer Robots has launched a terrifying film showing why lethal drones need to be banned.
An aerial view, using drones, could make a big difference to mapping land across Africa.
Creating a reliable, up to date land register is important for African countries. Drones can help collect and record the necessary data.
Makame Makame from the Zanzibar Malaria Elimination Programme holds one of the drones used to map malaria vectors.
Epidemiologists and public health managers are looking to complement indoor-based malaria solutions with those that focus on the outdoors. Drones are a crucial part of their armoury.
Somaliland’s shift to use iris recognition in a presidential election stems from distrust in the voting system.
In a remarkable extension of technological leapfrogging, Somaliland will become the first country in the world to use iris recognition in a presidential election.
Kyle Tingly as Star Wars droid C3PO while braving heavy rain at a 4th of July Parade Georgia, USA, in 2015.
EPA/ERIK S. LESSER
When it comes to robotics, the future is not two-legged.