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For almost as long as there have been computers, there have been video games. Neilson Barnard/Getty Images

Who invented video games?

Video games are everywhere. So who was the first person to come up with the idea of playing a game on a computer screen?
What makes a brain tick is very different from how computers operate. Yurchanka Siarhei/Shutterstock.com

Why a computer will never be truly conscious

Brain functions integrate and compress multiple components of an experience, including sight and smell – which simply can’t be handled in the way computers sense, process and store data.
IR Stone

Turing Test: why it still matters

Some people claim it’s already been passed. But Alan Turing’s test of whether artificial intelligence can act like a human remains an important benchmark for our species.
Who will make a better dance mix – a computer or a human? Copyright © Annelise Capossela; used by permission

Looking for art in artificial intelligence

Testing whether machines are capable of generating sonnets, short stories or dance music that is indistinguishable from human-generated works.
Can a machine really think, be in awe and wonder? Shutterstock/Photobymhu

What does it mean to think and could a machine ever do it?

As machines get ever more complex as we strive to make them complete more complex tasks, it’s time to ask again: will they ever be able to think? But what is thinking anyway?
Until machines become truly intelligent, they’re going to make a lot of mistakes when they try to help us. Steve Rainwater/Flickr

The hazards of presumptive computing

Computers try to predict our behaviour and anticipate our needs, but sadly they often get things dreadfully wrong.

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