The rise of online 'chatbots' shows how artificial intelligence is becoming a part of daily life. But how do you stop them talking like a really bad PA?
Human resistance to innovation can be an obstacle to solving major global challenges.
Computers must master football if they are to demonstrate that they can be our equal.
Artificial intelligence gives us machines that can beat humans at games such as chess and go. How long before we see AI surpass human intelligence?
Sounds scary ... so should we be worried?
The threat from dangerous AI systems is vastly underappreciated and under-researched. If we don't study them, we can't fight them – or prevent them.
We're just at the beginning of working out the tasks machines will make us better at.
Computing has been getting much smarter since the idea of artificial intelligent was first thought of 60 years ago. But are computers intelligent?
As more companies move towards intelligent, natural voice controlled devices, is the writing on the wall for the keyboard and mouse?
Science fiction provides a valuable resource from which the public view of AI can be assessed.
Human communication is complex, rich in nuances and frequently includes non-verbal signs. That's a challenge if you want an intelligent machine to be part of the conversation.
Imagine a world in which helper robots live with us, get us through the day and become our trusted friend. Well, science fiction is becoming science fact.
Robots should be designed so that even vulnerable users know that they are machines. But how do we create something engaging that is so obviously artificial?
Computers are taking over our jobs, but this doesn't have to be a bad thing.
Testing whether machines are capable of generating sonnets, short stories or dance music that is indistinguishable from human-generated works.
The future of warfare may include many lethal autonomous weapons, but the world can't decide how, or if, to regulate them.
The idea of non-human consciousness raises a host of philosophical questions.
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.
Autonomous submarines might do for naval warfare what drones are doing for air warfare. So should Australia consider autonomous subs as a replacement for the Collins class?
If a machine can write a speech for a politician, why not go the next step and replace the elected human with a programmed robot?