The challenge in making AI machines appear more human.
If we can make artificial intelligent machines that act more human it raises the question of what sort of emotions we'd like them to express.
What can leggings and leotards teach us about about physics and neuroscience?
For a growing number of artists, academics, researchers and scientists, dance represents a promising new frontier of exploration. The annual DANscienCE festival shines a spotlight on their findings.
Robots in chains but are they really to blame when AI does something wrong?
There is much debate on the ethics of artificial intelligence machines that are designed to kill. But who's responsible when a non-lethal AI system causes damage, harm or even death?
The military robots in Marvel’s Iron Man 2 might not be so far from reality.
Marvel Studios/Paramount Pictures
Some have argued we should not ban but embrace offensive autonomous weapons, or 'killer robots'. But the arguments against a ban are weak.
And the crowd goes wild as number 5 kicks the winning goal!
Hey robot sports fans, here's the inside story on how UNSW won the world championship in robot soccer last week.
AI researchers should work to make future battlefield robots more ethical.
If military robots are inevitable, then AI and robotics researchers should work to make them ethical, not retreat by calling for an ineffectual ban.
A ban on killer robots is useless if your enemy doesn’t play by the rules.
The thousands of people who signed an open letter calling for a ban on autonomous killer weapons and robots are misguided. We already have such killing machines and we should embrace them.
Scientists have figured out how to make this…with graphene.
McEuen Group, Cornell University
Who says scientists aren't artistic? A team of researchers have done some amazing kirigami work, an ancient Japanese paper art, using graphene.
Today’s Da Vinci sticks to surgery rather than the wide interests of its namesake.
Robotic surgeon assistants are growing in popularity, but aren't always team players.
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.
Joyce van Belkom/EPA
The competitors of the robot world cup are creeping closer to the goal of a robotic team that can beat the best human players.
Is there a lift? I’m trying to conquer the universe and I need to reach the first floor.
A new hopping robot shows how unusual 3D printed structures could pave the way for machines that better mimic living creatures.
I didn’t do it!
If we start holding robots responsible for their actions – and accidents – we let their human designers and operators off the hook.
How can I serve you?
We can give robots smiling mouths but until we can put emotion into their eyes as well we're better off with less human-looking designs.
Taking the wheel.
The robots in the DARPA Robotics Challenge can open doors and drive cars. But developing machines that can think for themselves is more tricky.
How can technology be harnessed to teach children in an effective way?
Frederick Noronha firstname.lastname@example.org
How can we prepare children for a tech world while fighting the distractions it inevitably brings?
Erik Sorto can make intuitive movments for first time in 13 years.
Lance Hayashida, Caltech
A tetraplegic patient has been able to play rock, paper and scissors thanks to a prosthetic device implanted in the region of his brain thought to control intentions.
Day of the tentacle.
A new robotic tentacle has the potential to revolutionise keyhole surgery.
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.
The internet-enabled self.
The so-called “internet of things” has been the talk of the technology world for years now. Consumer electronics firms are exploring ways of connecting all manner of personal and household objects to the…