What do you owe a faithful android like Data?
Philosophers say now is the time to mull over what qualities should grant an artificially intelligent machine moral standing.
Leading tech companies are increasingly using AI to influence our behaviour. But how persuasive do we find virtual assistants?
AI, robots and other technologies could transform farming – for worse as well as for better.
Pepper the robot visits Clinic Hospital in Barcelona, Spain, July 2018.
Using robots to provide companionship is a slippery slope in removing the aged and infirm still further from human interaction.
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A new silicone 'skin' contains electronics that mimic the human body's lightning-fast response to pain, potentially paving the way for smart prosthetics that can detect painful sensations.
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.
Yu et al., Sci. Robot. 5, eaaz7946 (2020)
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.