With Amazon facing worker battles in the UK, US and Germany, no wonder people worry about how technology is changing workplaces.
If we’re going to put an AI brain somewhere, it’s likely going to be a robot. The next step – making that robot immortal.
Computer-based neural networks can learn to do tasks. A new type of material, called a mechanical neural network, applies similar ideas to a physical structure.
The sentient, murderous humanoid robot is a complete fiction, and may never become reality. But that doesn’t mean we’re safe from autonomous weapons – they are already here.
Humanoid robots could be useful in all kinds of situations, but the one Elon Musk unveiled last week is far from being ready to roll out.
To maintain our role as a global food bowl, Australia has to keep innovating in agricultural technology.
Videos of humanoid robots dancing and performing backflips in the lab notwithstanding, robots that wash your dishes and fold your laundry are still years away. A roboticist explains why.
Diverging views on automated weapons systems could make it difficult for Australia and New Zealand to manage military ties at a delicate time in trans-Tasman relations.
Our interviews with ex-automotive workers reveal how economic change interrupts lives, casting people into new worlds of precarious work and long, indefinite journeys in search of security.
Robots a fraction of a millimetre small could swim around your eye or bloodstream for medical treatments in the future.
Bees offer insights into many scientific questions, from cooperating in close quarters to strategies for finding food.
Up to 40% of all jobs now are tipped to be taken over by AI and robots in the next few decades. My grandmother, born on a farm almost a century ago, has some advice on how to cope.
Sci-fi nightmares of a robot apocalypse aside, autonomous weapons are a very real threat to humanity. An expert on the weapons explains how the emerging arms race could be humanity’s last.
With advances in technology, robots and artificial intelligence have increasingly more sophisticated encounters with humans.
From robotic hands to brain-like computers, the Human Brain Project has produced some intriguing results.
Researchers used an old theory on vibrating plane wings to study how fish swim so well. They were able to double the swimming efficiency of their robotic fish over a range of speeds.
Fish fins are extremely flexible yet also strong. A special segmented fin design is the key to this useful combination of properties and could inspire new morphing materials.
Like atomic bombs and chemical and biological weapons, deadly drones that make their own decisions must be tightly controlled by an international treaty.
How do squirrels leap through trees without falling? It takes strength, flexibility and finely tuned cognitive skills.
At building collapse sites, aerial drones and ground robots can extend the eyes and ears of search and rescue personnel to places people can’t go – above and inside the rubble pile.