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Just Go for it: programming a computer to play an ancient game. Donar Reiskoffer/Wikimedia Commons

Evolving our way to artificial intelligence

While it's impressive, developing a computer to win at Go is not a big step toward the type of artificial intelligence used by the thinking machines we see in the movies.
It takes time for a human to become good at diagnosing ailments, but that learning is lost when they retire. Shutterstock/Poprotskiy Alexey

Digital diagnosis: intelligent machines do a better job than humans

Humans can only do so much when it comes to diagnosing what's wrong with a patient. So why not let machines take over? They learn faster than humans and never retire.
What effect might AI have on an activity like art-making? Timely Alex

Friday essay: Rise of the artistic machines

The field of computational creativity examines the mechanisms by which technology can perform creative tasks, particularly in the arts. How can software create works of beauty, value and meaning?
Can a machine really think, be in awe and wonder? Shutterstock/Photobymhu

What does it mean to think and could a machine ever do it?

As machines get ever more complex as we strive to make them complete more complex tasks, it's time to ask again: will they ever be able to think? But what is thinking anyway?
Disney’s WALL.E needed to see all the rubbish on Earth so it could clean it up. AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy

How do robots ‘see’ the world?

Robots that can learn to 'see' the world around them -- and share their learning with other robots -- will lead the next revolution in robotics.
2015 saw us complete our exploration of all nine planets (including dwarf planet Pluto) in our solar system. NASA

2015, the year that was: Science + Technology

2015 was a year where we expanded our view of the universe, embraced new technologies and got a hint of the profound changes to come.
Technology can be so frustrating at times, so what if it could understand your emotions? Shutterstock/Kues

Imagine if technology could read and react to our emotions

How often do you get angry or frustrated with a machine or some piece of technology? Well what if a machine could sense our emotion and then change its behaviour to suit?
Films like Ex Machina explore the bounds of emotional interaction between human and machine. Universal Pictures

Deus sex machina: the ethics of robot love

There are possible emotional and social pitfalls to love and sex with robots, but does that mean we should ban them entirely?
Have questions about robots and artificial intelligence? Shutterstock

Your questions answered on artificial intelligence

Is genuine artificial consciousness possible? Should we protect jobs from automation? Your questions on AI and robots answered here.

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