I didn’t do it!
If we start holding robots responsible for their actions – and accidents – we let their human designers and operators off the hook.
I’d buy that for a dollar. Or, just steal it from you.
The rise of robots poses awkward legal questions that we'd be best off tackling sooner rather than later.
How can I serve you?
We can give robots smiling mouths but until we can put emotion into their eyes as well we're better off with less human-looking designs.
Robots! Making easy tasks look difficult.
Is the rise of the robots on the horizon? Not while closed doors, stairs, and uneven floors still pose a problem.
Taking the wheel.
The robots in the DARPA Robotics Challenge can open doors and drive cars. But developing machines that can think for themselves is more tricky.
There are a lot fewer workers on the assembly line today. And it’s not just car manufacturing that has seen jobs lost to automation.
If you leaving school today to embark on a career, what should you study to protect your job from automation and outsourcing?
Day of the tentacle.
A new robotic tentacle has the potential to revolutionise keyhole surgery.
It may feel strange shaking a robot hand, but it has the same effect.
Chris Bevan/University of Bath
Shaking hands builds trust, and the same applies whether it's a human or robot hand you're shaking.
New thinking the way to job creation for people in the 21st century.
The more we automate jobs, the more we need to find new jobs for people, especially if the government wants us to stay in the workforce longer. That's going to take some clever thinking.
Tomorrow’s engineers? Unlikely.
Robot engineer via www.shutterstock.com
Some economists and others have argued smart machines are increasingly stealing our jobs. In fact, the opposite may be true.
It might become a great engineer, but will unlikely be a very good social worker.
More STEM education isn't a bad thing, but if we want to safeguard our jobs from being taken by machines, we need more emphasis on the humanities.
What’s your golf handicap old chap?
Artificial intelligence is the future, but are computers ready to take a seat at the board?
It’s only a small step forward before drones like this one could operate entirely autonomously.
The debate over whether lethal autonomous weapon systems (LAWS) -- often called 'killer robots' -- should be banned continues, although it's far from settled.
Could they be after your job?
There are very few jobs that are can't be done in principle by robots and artificial intelligence. What will you do when a robot takes your job?
The future of warfare might involve autonomous weapon systems, such as the BAE Taranis, although some are unsettled by the idea of giving machines lethal capabilities.
Should future wars be fought by autonomous systems? Or do they pose such a threat that they should be banned? These issues are being debated this week by diplomats from around the world.
A thinking, feeling, moping robot.
Should robots be treated with the same concern as any other intelligent being? Or are they unnatural, dangerous, to be eliminated?
A droid can treat a Lightsaber wound, but can it feel your pain?
Though set “a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away,” it isn’t hard to see in the Star Wars films a vision of our own not so distant future. But Anthony Jones, a physician with a long background in health…
How to protect your employment prospects as robots take over more jobs.
In Australia, there are reports that up to half a million of existing jobs could be taken over by robotics or machines run by artificial intelligence. So with smarter computers taking on more of the work…
Ian Burkhart moves his paralysed hand using the thought-controlled Neurobridge brain implant.
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Don’t be mesmerised by cool apps and flashy new gizmos – the top technology inventions of the year are ones that will have a lasting effect. Most are advances in fields that are already changing us. Some…
Artificial intelligences with the power of life or death over humans – what could possibly go wrong?
Richard Greenhill and Hugo Elias
Your autonomous vacuum cleaner cleans your floors and there is no great harm if it occasionally bounces into things or picks up a button or a scrap of paper with a phone number. But then again this latter…