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  • News24 October 2018

  • News24 October 2018

  • News24 October 2018

News24 October 2018

Presenting robots as people stops us thinking clearly about AI

Last week, Pepper the robot spoke before Parliament, but this kind of stunt distracts from the real issues AI provokes, says Joanna Bryson

News23 October 2018

World’s longest sea bridge opens between Hong Kong and mainland China

The world’s longest sea bridge has opened, connecting Hong Kong, Zhuhai, and Macau. It is 55 kilometres or 20 times longer than the Golden Gate Bridge

Features17 October 2018

AI alchemists spit out the recipe for any molecule you want to make

It’s a nightmarish amount of work to figure out how to build a molecule from scratch. Now machines can do it and it will mean a bounty of new drugs and materials

News23 October 2018

Tiny supercomputers could be made from the skeleton inside your cells

Building a computer out of the skeletons that hold our cells together could make them smaller and far more energy efficient

News19 October 2018

AI tries to help you protect your children from cyberbullying

Artificial intelligence is being trained to spot cyberbullying on social media so that hurtful posts can be removed before they reach vulnerable teens

Video18 October 2018

Patricia Vargas: Should robots have rights?

Roboethicist Patricia Vargas debates the pros and cons of putting artificial intelligence on the same legal footing as humans

Video18 October 2018

Anna Machin: Is technology changing how humans behave?

Technology is increasingly cutting out the social interactions we humans crave. What are the consequences, asks anthropologist Anna Machin

News17 October 2018

Special coating gives condoms self-lubricating powers

A polymer coating turns condoms slippery once it comes in contact with body fluids – and it doesn’t dry out

News16 October 2018

Making games like Red Dead Redemption 2 shouldn’t be such hard work

Reports that 2018’s blockbuster video game saw people working 100-hour weeks are troubling, given that tech firms could make workers’ lives easier, says Michael Cook

News16 October 2018

Electric chewing gum zaps your tongue to create a virtual flavour hit

An ‘unlimited chewing gum’ uses an electric charge to trick you into experiencing flavours – and they don’t fade in the way chewing gum flavour usually does

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