Factory robots could soon acquire a range of skills, including the ability to choose how to make things.
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Custom fabrication involves taking measurements, choosing tools, deciding on sequences of steps and ordering from a menu of materials. AIs under development promise to take humans out of the loop.
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.
Those who are most affected in the labour market by robots are those who tend to already be marginalized.
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Robots are taking jobs, but they're also saving lives ... should we fear them and their capabilities?
This robot can learn how to traverse unforeseen terrain by changing the length of its legs.
The future of automated labour may not spell the end of human employment.
As the use of robots and autonomous machines increases across industries, governments need to have a strategy in place. The labour force will transition out of automated tasks into new jobs.
Robots and humans can be friends – but not in a way that would win Aristotle's approval.
Our children should no longer be taught formulaic writing. Writing education should encompass skills that go beyond the capacities of artificial intelligence.
In the future, robots we’ve programmed may evolve and multiply on distant planets.
The robots are 'born' via 3D printer, and recycle themselves upon their 'death'.
Are friends electric?
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The revolution in AI harbours dangers for humanity – here's why.
Pipebots will inspect the walls for cracks.
In the future, tiny robots will inspect pipes for blockages and leaks.
The 1921 play R.U.R. introduced the world to the word ‘robots’. Its plot is remarkably similar to robot stories told today.
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