Let’s work together.
People – individually and in groups – were not as good at facial recognition as an algorithm. But five people plus the algorithm, working together, were even better.
Sometimes the questions become too much for artificial intelligence systems.
When algorithms are at work, there should be a human safety net to prevent harming people. Artificial intelligence systems can be taught to ask for help.
Making the most of human-robot collaborations will require good teamwork.
Years of research into how humans work best together yield lessons useful for designing robots to interact with people.
Self-driving cars and human-driven vehicles are bound to collide as the technology improves.
Tempe Police Department via AP
Humans and machines perceive the world differently and respond in different ways to what they perceive. This lays the groundwork for conflict – and crashes.
Poorly designed critical warning systems need a radical overhaul to prevent a repeat of Hawaii's errant 'ballistic missile threat' alert.
Humans and computers are collaborating to create a new genre of 'synthetic literature'. But how does it work and can a computer ever really be creative?
Ultrasonic “tractor beam”
Asier Marzo, Bruce Drinkwater, Sriram Subramanian
From acoustic holograms to tractor beams.
Seeking to make stories that surround us.
'Screen,' by Noah Wardrip-Fruin, Robert Coover, Shawn Greenlee, Andrew McClain, and Ben "Sascha" Shine
People want video games and interactive experiences that help them explore deep and meaningful themes, such as creating family, valuing diversity and living responsibly.
All in the hand shake.
Making the mechanical more human.
Some innate human features can only be learned through evolution.
Doing favours is a basic feature of human society – but can robots join in?
The future’s bright… the future’s virtual?
As more companies move towards intelligent, natural voice controlled devices, is the writing on the wall for the keyboard and mouse?
Groundbreaking new technologies are finally leaving the lab.
Alessandro Della Bella/ETH Zurich
After the Olympics and the Paralympics come the Cyberolympics – bionic men and women are coming to competitive sports.
Music or maths, or both?
If computer pioneer Ada Lovelace had strong women role models even in her day, we must ensure women continue to do so today.
Windows 95 and DOS6: actual museum pieces.
The desktop interface originated in the 1970s and was exemplified by the arrival of Windows 95. Surely there's a better approach, 20 years on?
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.
Eyes are the windows to the soul, and perhaps an extra pair of hands too.
Eye tracking devices sound a lot more like expensive pieces of scientific research equipment than joysticks – yet if the latest announcements about the latest Assassin’s Creed game are anything to go by…
Robot thumbs work to hitch a lift.
How do you rate your chances of completing a transcontinental road trip? What if you can’t drive and don’t have car? What if you can’t even move unaided? In fact, what about if you’re not even human? Tweeting…
Affective computing is the idea that technology can better assist us if it can read, process and simulate human experience. One aspect of this is the recognition of human emotion through motion and physiological…