It might not surprise you that virtual reality is already being used for sex. But the diversity of virtual sex options might.
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?
Thousands of hip replacement operations are performed each year, but today is the first time in Australia that a robot will help with the surgery.
The future of warfare may include many lethal autonomous weapons, but the world can't decide how, or if, to regulate them.
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.
The advent of social robots is giving rise to new possibilities in paediatric health care. But will they replace human specialists?
How can we humans avoid harmful results of robot obedience?
People and machines need to be able to interact and communicate effectively. Right now we – and they – can't. But without that, we risk missing the potential benefits of collaboration.
The FIRST robotics competition brings school students together to build a robot to complete a challenge. And it's an inspiring way to encourage interest in STEM.
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.
Researchers face stiff fines or even jail time if they inadvertently communicate with foreign colleagues about matters deemed to have a military use.
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?
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 was a year where we expanded our view of the universe, embraced new technologies and got a hint of the profound changes to come.
Robots that can reproduce could improve their design in ways we wouldn't think of but still within our control.
The droids in the Star Wars universe often play a key role in the movies. But how close are they to some of the real robots in our own universe?
There are growing concerns about robots, artificial intelligence and automation. Now two new organisations are seeking to produce responsible robots and advance beneficial AI.
Science fiction can be good at predictiong soem of the technologies of tomorrow. But designers take note: not all those ideas are welcome.
Amazon's latest delivery drone looks strange - here's how it flies.
There are possible emotional and social pitfalls to love and sex with robots, but does that mean we should ban them entirely?