Every time you use the  automatic checkout machine at the supermarket, you are essentially getting a flavour of how the future is going to look in a whole variety of industries. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A few weeks ago, a tragic accident occurred at a Volkswagen factory in Baunatal, Germany. A 21-year-old contractor was installing a robot when its arm(...)

An ‘internal technical issue’ knocked the New York Stock Exchange, the cathedral of US capitalism, out of action for hours on Wednesday. Photograph:  Spencer Platt/Getty Images

This was not a great week for the modern computerised stock market. The New York Stock Exchange, essentially the cathedral of US capitalism, was knock(...)

Taylor Swift performs  in Cologne, Germany, earlier this month. Photograph Sascha Schuermann/Getty Images for TAS

This Monday, the world’s most influential artist arrives in Dublin to play two sold-out shows at the 3 Arena. If the events of the past week ha(...)

Tony Fadell, co-founder of Nest Labs. Photograph: EPA/PAUL MCERLANE

Nest Labs, the home automation company owned by Google, has announced the Nest Cam, the newest addition to their range of connected devices. A conne(...)

Apple chief Tim Cook delivers the keynote address during Apple WWDC last Monday. Photograph: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

In decades to come, 2015 will undoubtedly be considered as belonging to the early days of the “post-PC” era, but following Google’s recent developer-f(...)

An illustration of proposed changes to Suffolk Street in Dublin. Cars would be banned from key streets in the city centre. Photograph: Dublin City Council/PA Wire.

On Wednesday, Dublin City Council unveiled plans for a radical redesign of the city’s traffic management, banning private cars from the heart of the c(...)

Facebook’s app is still, technically, a web browser

Back in August 2010, Wired magazine published one of its most famous front covers. In bold black font on a stark red background, the venerable technol(...)

Google’s new self-driving prototype car. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

This week Google confirmed that its self-driving cars had been involved in 11 minor traffic incidents since it started autonomous vehicle experiments (...)

Elon Musk, co-founder and chief executive  of Tesla Motors, speaks during the unveiling of the company’s “Powerwall’ in Hawthorne, California. Photograph: Tim Rue/Bloomberg

There are few more fascinating figures in business today than Elon Musk, the PayPal co-founder who has gone on to specialise in attention-grabbing tra(...)

Lead levels in water in some Dublin homes are up to 80 times more than the European safety limit

The news that Irish Water has found lead levels in some Dublin homes up to more than 80 times the European safety limit has prompted serious concern. (...)