Next generation finance bots are incredibly sophisticated.
People prefer human experts even when they're wrong.
Surgeons in Switzerland use the robot da Vinci to aid a hernia operation. Over a third of US hospitals have at least one surgical robot.
AP Photo/Keystone, Salvatore Di Nolfi
There are more robots than ever in the operating room – but that's led to fewer opportunities for surgical trainees. Now, some new doctors are teaching themselves in secret.
A professor teaches an online class with students from around the world.
AP Photo/Gretchen Ertl
Artificial intelligence and automation are bringing changes to higher education that will challenge, and may even threaten, traditional universities.
Developing country governments need to give attention to the risks associated with new technologies and develop context-specific responses.
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?
In the Global Biodiversity Information Facility there are 682,447 records of human encounters with dandelions.
Does big data threaten how humans explore the natural world? We need to protect our impulses to observe, compare, play, discover and love, no matter what technological capabilities are available.
Can technology be tamed? Or have we already lost complete control?
Much like the fictitious Victor Frankenstein in Mary Shelley's novel, more and more scientists are running away from their real-life creations.
What if Santa was eventually replaced by an AI robot?
What if Santa’s job is one of those taken over by an intelligent machine? Would a robot Santa begin to question its purpose and the existence of those it’s designed to serve at Christmas?
News stories generated by AI software may become commonplace in our media, but they are limited to data-driven content for now
Thanks to new deep-learning techniques, AI has the potential to analyse, improve and contribute to the process of human discussion.
Artist impression of Kepler-90i, the eighth planet discovered orbiting around Kepler-90.
Google's artificial intelligence has been taught to look for planets around other stars. It's already making new discoveries that scientists have missed.
The Luvabella robotic dolls are reportedly one of this season’s most wanted toys. It’s time to pause and ask about its impact on children.
The technological revolution has hit the doll aisle this holiday season in the form of artificial intelligence dolls. What does it mean for children's development, to confuse real bodies with machines?
A team of technologists have joined forces with doctors, lawyers, economists and philosophers to make technology ethical.
A report released today by the world’s largest technical professional organisation is designed to help humanity avoid a robot apocalypse.
What’s the link between technology and consciousness?
Researchers' views depend in part on what technology is (or will be) capable of – and in part on what consciousness actually is.
DeepMind's machine learning collaboration with another NHS trust (this time, it's applying the tech to breast cancer) kicks up more questions of trust.
The latest episode of The Conversation's In Depth, Out Loud podcast, in which we read out a selection of long form stories.
How can computers learn to teach themselves new skills?
For future machines to be as smart as we are, they'll need to be able to learn like we do.
There are some strong arguments for giving machines the rights to their creations.
Governments face disruption by the private sector and social unrest unless they embrace new technology. Here, Prime Minster Justin Trudeau meets a robot in Edmonton last May as others look on.
( THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson)
Government is about to be disrupted by technology in the same manner as major industries. It's about time.