The sentient, murderous humanoid robot is a complete fiction, and may never become reality. But that doesn’t mean we’re safe from autonomous weapons – they are already here.
Humanoid robots could be useful in all kinds of situations, but the one Elon Musk unveiled last week is far from being ready to roll out.
Videos of humanoid robots dancing and performing backflips in the lab notwithstanding, robots that wash your dishes and fold your laundry are still years away. A roboticist explains why.
Many people in nursing homes already suffer from isolation, neglect and lack of human engagement. They need the human touch – in person.
Artificial intelligence is developing quickly, and Australian law needs to catch up.
A Google employee’s claims that one of its chatbots is sentient has caused a stir across the world.
Robots a fraction of a millimetre small could swim around your eye or bloodstream for medical treatments in the future.
What makes a robot an artist?
Researchers have developed a black box for robots: an internal record of the robot’s inputs and actions. This will help investigate accidents and hopefully prevent future incidents.
Clean-up operations after a spill can miss large quantities of the oil, with severe risks for marine habitats, fish and birds.
Experts give us a science preview for 2022, plus what lies in store for global inequality. Listen to The Conversation Weekly podcast.
When it comes to trust, people like their robots to have human expressions – just not too human.
The world needs to protect 30% of the ocean by 2030. We won’t achieve this goal without using new technology to patrol and preserve marine protected areas.
Sci-fi nightmares of a robot apocalypse aside, autonomous weapons are a very real threat to humanity. An expert on the weapons explains how the emerging arms race could be humanity’s last.
The best AI chess computer outperforms the best human chess players. Yet the most supreme chess play on Earth comes from a human, helped by AI.
With advances in technology, robots and artificial intelligence have increasingly more sophisticated encounters with humans.
New research has created robot eyes that are similar human eyes to improve how robots interact with people.
Many in the EU are wary of the motivations of Chinese companies investing in Europe. New research shows the many reasons behind these investments.
The idea of an automated weapon system shaped like a dog might make us feel morally queasy. But in truth we should feel just the same about existing military drones that kill people remotely.
People feel less embarassed asking a robot for help, than a human.