Fictional screen robots have long represented our fear of technology. A new animated family film combines this trepidation with many parents’ fear of losing offline connection with their kids.
Outsourcing use-of-force decisions to machines violates human dignity and is incompatible with international law.
German referee Felix Brych looks at a replay of the video assistant referee (VAR) during the UEFA Nations League semi final soccer match between Portugal and Switzerland, June 2019.
Many fans think the VAR is ruining the Women’s World Cup.
Science fiction has made us vigilant of ‘killer robots’ in our midst, but they’re far closer than many of us realise.
Two small figures guard the table holding the Buddha’s relics. Are they spearmen, or robots?
Stories passed down from the ancient world tell of self-powered machines able to move on their own – robots – playing key roles in historic moments.
Robots can’t really eat hot dogs.
In ads, robots typically are scary, sad or stupid. Real-life robots and artificial intelligence systems are none of those.
What would Artificial General Intelligence make of the human world?
We’re on the road to developing artificial intelligence systems that will be able to do tasks beyond those they were designed for. But will we be able to control them?
As AI is deployed in society, there is an impact that can be positive or negative. The future is in our hands.
The Montréal Declaration calls for the responsible development of artificial intelligence. A world expert explains why scientists must choose how their expertise will benefit society.
The MK 15 Phalanx close-in weapons system, on the USS Reuben James guided-missile frigate, fires during an exercise.
Flickr/US Pacific Fleet
We already have some autonomous weapons – so talk of any ban should focus on where we draw the line on what is acceptable, and what is not. Can we at least agree on that?
The debate on autonomous weapons isn’t paying enough attention to the technology already in use.
The U.S. military is already testing a Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System.
Lance Cpl. Julien Rodarte, U.S. Marine Corps
A standard element of international humanitarian law since 1899 should guide countries as they consider banning lethal autonomous weapons systems.
Robots can’t achieve high fives all round without human-like hands, tactile perception, manipulation control, seamless interaction and human reason, experts say.
We give over control of our lives every day and trust other humans to make ethical decisions. But soon robots will make these decisions for us. Will they be ethical or is it just a numbers game?
The Campaign Against Killer Robots has launched a terrifying film showing why lethal drones need to be banned.
Robots are currently used by police for bomb disposal. Future versions will be much more sophisticated.
Robots are a twin-edged sword. Used badly, they may one day perpetrate genocide and war crimes. Used well, they can prevent them.
A US Air Force MQ-9 Reaper drone is piloted remotely over Afghanistan. But what if AI was to take control?
US Air Force Photo/Lt Col Leslie Pratt.
Leading experts in AI and robotics want the Prime Ministers of Australia and Canada to join the growing campaign to ban killer robots.
Who could have predicted it would end like this?
The unexpected behaviour of even simple bots is only going to get more dramatic as AI scales up.
Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator 2: Judgment Day, now in 3D.
It’s more than 25 years since Arnold Schwarzenegger returned in the Terminator 2: Terminator 2: Judgment Day. Now he’s back in glorious 3D, so how does the story and the science stack up today?
Terminator’s killer robots can help in the real debate on lethal autonomous weapons.
He’s back! Any mention of the killer robots debate brings images of the Terminator film. But science fiction can be a useful tool to get people interested in the real issues in science.
Will AI take over the world or lead to a bright future for humanity?
Shutterstock/PHOTOCREO Michal Bednarek
Not everyone agrees on how artificial intelligence will change the way we live. But it’s not all doom and gloom either.