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The flag of Western Sahara is displayed during a march outside the Moroccan embassy in Madrid, Spain. EPA-EFE/LUCA PIERGIOVANNI

Morocco and Western Sahara: a decades-long war of attrition

At first glance, it would seem like nothing has changed since 1991. Yet, things have been slowly and discreetly evolving in recent years at Morocco's behest.
What are you thinking? Robots and humans working together need to understand – and even trust – each other. NASA Johnson/flickr

Can I trust my robot? And should my robot trust me?

People and machines need to be able to interact and communicate effectively. Right now we – and they – can't. But without that, we risk missing the potential benefits of collaboration.
Ready to march. Michael Rubenstein, Harvard University

Thousand-robot swarm assembles itself into shapes

There is something magical about seeing 1,000 robots move, when humans are not operating any of them. In a new study published in Science, researchers have achieved just that. This swarm of 1,000 robots…
The capacity to make choices that promote our ends is dependent on a supportive environment. AAP

How pokies pre-commitment puts you back in charge

The debate over the use of mandatory pre-commitment technology in poker machines is the latest front in an ongoing war that pits advocates of personal responsibility against people motivated by concerns…

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