Since Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece debuted in 1968, fictional stories of faulty or malevolent AI are legion. What have recent advances taught us and what might the future hold?
Robots can't achieve high fives all round without human-like hands, tactile perception, manipulation control, seamless interaction and human reason, experts say.
Governments have started to see automation as the key to brighter urban futures. But what will this look like?
2001: A Space Odyssey's sentient computer will only ever be a work of science fiction, says a cognitive neuroscientist.
We're getting close to creating an android that feels.
The idea that automation and robotics will lead to huge job losses is wrong. Big business likes the sweat of cheap labour too much.
Researchers use an algorithm designed to help robots move to figure out what's possible when designing new molecules in a promising class of pharmaceuticals.
Why we're developing a soft robot inspired by an elephant's trunk.
People prefer human experts even when they're wrong.
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.
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?
There are some strong arguments for giving machines the rights to their creations.
Will bionic humans, augmented by hi-tech prostheses and microchips, be a benefit for humanity? The reality is more mixed.
Robots have already learned to cheat when playing games. How do we teach them morals if we want them more involved in our everyday lives?
Welcome to your future.
Jobs are not created or lost because of a single technology, but because of the business models designed to leverage the power of it.
When it comes to robotics, the future is not two-legged.
The development of robots' capacities and their increasing presence in companies isn't just a matter of technology. It also profoundly changes the strategies, structures and human skills required.
An expert in artificial intelligence believes we're not ready for the challenges posed by Saudi Arabia granting a robot citizenship. Key questions about robot identity and rights remain unanswered.
Engineering has long been a male-dominated profession. Now engineering schools globally are making extraordinary efforts to attract the creative female talent they really need.