Could killer robots like Maximilian from the 1979 film Black Hole become reality?
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We need to ban lethal autonomous weapons, or "killer robots", as we have done with biological weapons, land mines and blinding lasers, and Australia should take a leading role in making that happen.
An eye in the sky from the movie of the same name – the reality of drone warfare.
The moral and ethical dilemmas of future warfare are depicted in this tight British thriller. But what will happen when humans become more removed from the weapons of war?
Spectators in South Korea look on as AlphaGo takes on Go champion Lee Se-dol.
A machine has bested us at yet another intellectually challenging game. It shows artificial intelligence is progressing rapidly, but it doesn't mean humans are redundant quite yet.
Spreadsheets didn’t kill accountancy jobs, it just changed them.
Many jobs are likely to disappear due to technology and automation, but many more are likely to be created. The greatest challenge is managing the transition.
Intelligent machines are good at some jobs that were once done by humans.
Intelligent machines are taking on many of the jobs once carried out by humans but that doesn't mean we'll have mass unemployment.
Far from being stretched, rail resources at Port Botany appear distinctly under-utilised.
Improving the efficiency of existing rail infrastructure into Port Botany will deliver the capacity gains it will need.
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Many of Shakespeare’s plays depend on mistaken identity. In Twelfth Night, Viola disguises herself as a boy, and is mistaken for her twin brother Sebastian, complicating an already complicated love triangle…
Doc (Christopher Lloyd) and Marty (Michael J Fox) in 2015.
The movie got some predictions right on what Doc and Marty would find when the arrive in the "future" today. But what could they find if they took another 30 year leap into the future?
Broadband is one of the technologies that will feature heavily in Australia’s future.
A new report from the Australian Council of Learned Academies paints a picture of Australia's technological future.
Australian agriculture has a bright future, if it can avoid the clouds on the horizon.
The world of the future will have more mouths to feed, but those people are likely to be more discerning too. It adds up to a complex mix of factors for Australian farmers keen to safeguard their prospects.
The military robots in Marvel’s Iron Man 2 might not be so far from reality.
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Some have argued we should not ban but embrace offensive autonomous weapons, or 'killer robots'. But the arguments against a ban are weak.
Science fiction abounds with warnings concerning offensive autonomous weapons, or ‘killer robots’.
We need to ban offensive autonomous weapons - or 'killer robots' - before a new arms race to produce them begins.
Cybersecurity is becoming increasingly important.
Online infrastructure and business are becoming increasingly important, as is our need to focus research efforts on securing them from cyber-attack.
More research can improve how our existing transport infrastructure works.
A research focus on transport can help improve existing infrastructure and guide future developments, and tailor them to Australia's unique needs.
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.
Bright ideas are needed if Australia is to remain competitive.
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Australia needs to take risks and think clever if the country is to stay competitive in a global market.
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?
Imagine a machine that can learn things from scratch, no pre-programmed rules. What could it do?
Tech companies are investing big in artificial intelligence research that allows machines to learn things from scratch, with no pre-programmed rules. So what's the potential for this new technology?
Popular friends on social media could give enough warning to make plans to reduce damage some natural disasters.
You may think your social media friends are only good for keeping you up with all the latest gossip and trends but research published today has found they can also help save you in the event of any natural…