Technology is a powerful determinant of change but so are trade unions and the state.
Increased capital investment and productivity need not result in job losses. Government can use industrial policy to link investment incentives to job preservation and even job creation.
The only way to learn about the sensory abilities of dolphins is with the help of trained dolphins.
Wild dolphins are fast, smart and hard to study, but it is important to understand how human actions affect their health. So we are building a drone to sample hormones from the blowholes of dolphins.
That gentle voice coming from your smart speaker is more complex than she seems.
A robot dog called Spot patrols a Singapore park playing a recorded message telling people to observe physical distancing measures.
Smart city solutions have proved handy for curbing the contagion, but recent experience has also shown how much they rely on public trust. And that in turn depends on transparency and robust safeguards
Amazon's planned upcoming 'Just Walk Out' technology will let customers take items off a store's shelf, bag them, and walk straight out.
AI may not cut discrimination out of the hiring process.
Algorithms are only as good as the people who make them.
Tiny fuel cells convert sweat to electricity that can power sensors in electronic skin.
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Lightweight, flexible materials can be used to make health-monitoring wearable devices, but powering the devices is a challenge. Using fuel cells instead of batteries could make the difference.
A nurse (left) operates a robot used to interact remotely with coronavirus patients while a physician looks on.
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Robots are helping health care workers and public safety officials more safely and quickly treat coronavirus patients and contain the pandemic. They have something in common: They're tried and tested.
A doctor measures a worker’s temperature in Kitui, Kenya. With technology, AI and human resources, Africa’s health systems can take on COVID-19.
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AI can supplement the efforts of available medical personnel - and help keep them safe.
On March 18, 2020, a student configures a modified medical robot to screen and observe patients with VIDOC-19 at the Regional Robotics Technology Centre at Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok.
With the enhanced capabilities of today's robots and drones, recent examples from China and Thailand and ongoing research show that they have the potential to help us navigate disasters.
A robot and human interacting.
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Having robots and other AI systems tell people what the AIs are doing makes them more trustworthy. A study finds that how a robot explains itself matters.
As plans for space exploration expand, how will sex and desire be addressed in these larger, longer missions?
Sex technologies and 'erobots' could help address issues related to human desire, and physical and emotional needs of astronauts in space.
Toys are becoming increasingly advanced, but this can be more of a hindrance than a perk.
At Christmas shopping, you may have noticed toys are becoming very complex. They fly, hop, jump and follow you around – some even need to be 'connected'. But why are we seeing such technical advances?
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At the heart of the debate is that most fundamental question: what does it mean to be human?
A recent study conducted by Brookings Institute researchers found artificial intelligence could “affect work in virtually every occupational group”. However, it’s yet to be seen exactly how jobs will be impacted.
As machine automation and artificial intelligence surge, there's paranoia our jobs will be overrun by robots. But even if this happens, work won't disappear, because humans need it.
Sexbot Emma, from AI Tech, is advertised as a “real AI you can talk to”. She offers “warm hugs” and will “feel your feelings”.
Sexbot advertising promises more than just sex toys. It is also trying to sell us a soulmate or trusted friend.
Most of the headlines derive from a single study. Over the past six years its predictions have been anything but accurate.
Automation does threaten jobs, but the most widely cited study exaggerates the effect and pointed to job losses in places where they didn't happen.
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A safer, more flexible type of industrial robot is disrupting manufacturing.
Robots have already started moving into Amazon’s workforce alongside people.
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Many Americans fear that AI will take their jobs. And it might – but it's more complicated than that.
Cat or Mac, which one is the smartest?
If artificial intelligence can amaze us with its prowess, there are many areas where it falls flat when compared to human and animal intelligence.