Many of the most advanced robots are inspired by nature.
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Boston Dynamic's robots are inspired by nature for good reason.
Starting with two simple sheepdog rules, the robot then began to display new, unprogrammed behaviour.
The dynamic between the master and the slave dominates accounts of AI at the moment.
Unfortunately for the intrepid astronauts in Stanley Kubrick’s
2001, a Space Odyssey, the HAL 9000 computer knows how to read lips.
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?
Elon Musk 's Tesla has serious production problems.
Automation could help us avoid future disasters.
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Developments in technology mean that we can use automation to reduce accidents on oil rigs.
Governments have started to see automation as the key to brighter urban futures. But what will this look like?
Humans are already imposing our barely understood sexual ethic upon machines.
Pacific Ring Uprising.
They're back! Pacific Rim Uprising sees more giant robots with humans inside, fighting giant monsters. But does the rocket science add up in this action-packed blockbuster sequel?
We're getting close to creating an android that feels.
Tax policy favours machines over workers. Here's how to change it.
The 2014 film Ex Machina explored a dystopian vision of what could happen in a world where humans empathise with robots.
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When we include someone (or something) in our moral circle we feel a sense of moral obligation for their treatment. But the factors determining who is in or out are more complicated than you may think.
Humans and robots can work together to create jobs for the future.
Predicted job losses from the rise of the robots vary widely. So rather than worry about robots taking over, we should learn to work with them and use them as intelligent tools.
ATMs, self-scan checkouts, automated calls, digital therapists ... no wonder we're all lonely.
In Australia, wage growth is lagging productivity growth across most sectors of the economy.
The productivity gains businesses get some automating some jobs, aren't being passed on to workers in higher wages, evidence shows.
A new report suggests one in four jobs could be at risk in cities outside the south.
Moving a robot is like manipulating a molecule.
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.
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.
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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?