This  mock “killer robot”  in central London during the launch of a campaign calling  for the ban of lethal robot weapons attracted plenty of attention. But does such an image do the cause much good? Photograph: Getty Images

Do you take killer robots seriously? If not, maybe you should. That’s the argument put forth this week by over 2,000 technology, science and artificia(...)

Tech leaders and scientists including Elon Musk, Stephen Hawking and Steve Wozniak warn that the deployment of robots capable of killing while untethered to human operators is “feasible within years, not decades.”

Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking, along with hundreds of artificial intelligence researchers and experts, are calling for a worldwide ban on so-called au(...)

Joe Duffy:  Liveline host  joins the summer exodus of top presenters at RTÉ leaving Damien O’Reilly to hold the fort.  Photograph: Alan Betson

‘Write what you know,” said, eh, Eleanor Roosevelt? Einstein? Someone, anyway. A lack of attention to detail is not only effective as the openi(...)

The accident destroyed an unmanned Dragon cargo ship about two minutes after it lifted off from Florida for the International Space Station. Photograph: Mike Brown/Reuters

A faulty metal brace in an unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket likely triggered the explosion that destroyed the booster minutes after liftoff from Florid(...)

Commercial spaceflight has received the official seal of approval of the US government as Nasa teams up with Boeing and Elon Musk’s privately owned Sp(...)

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(...)

Online payments company Stripe co-founders Patrick and John Collison. 0:53

Patrick and John Collison are the co-founders of online payments company Stripe. Patrick and John started Stripe in 2010 while John was studying phys(...)

The unmanned SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket explodes after liftoff from Cape Canaveral, Florida. Photograph: Mike Brown/Reuters

A rocket which exploded shortly after takeoff on Sunday in Florida was the third loss of a cargo ship headed to the International Space Station in the(...)

Summoning the demon: while Elon Musk’s phrase is evocative, there are benefits to job creation from technology. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

There is no shortage of angst about the relentless advance of digital technology and what it means for the workforce, if not humanity. Dire warnings h(...)

Paul Mulvaney, executive director of innovation at the ESB: his presentation on Wednesday is likely to map out the ESB’s plan to remain the big player in Ireland’s energy pool. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography 2015

Paul Mulvaney is busy in his first floor office at ESB’s headquarters, putting the finishing touches to a presentation on how the one-time State-backe(...)