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China’s richest man and  founder of Alibaba  Jack Ma. Photograph: AP Photo/Thibault Camus, File

Alibaba, China’s most valuable public tech company, will mark its 20th birthday on Tuesday with a rite of succession: its founder Jack Ma will retire (...)

China may soon lead the world in applying AI in many fields. Chinese apps, devices and robots that embody these principles are increasingly being used around the world.

Computer algorithms encoded with human values will increasingly determine the jobs we land, the romantic matches we make, the bank loans we receive an(...)

At its crudest, most reductive, we could sum up the future of artificial intelligence as being about robot butlers v killer robots.

Fifty years after the moon landing, a new Irish Times series looks on what the future holds for us and the next generations. Here, part 1 explores h(...)

As much as 75% of global online and mobile ads are expected to be delivered via AI-based programmatic advertising within four years

Google and Facebook may have taken the lion’s share of digital advertising income in recent years, but Amazon is on the cusp of disrupting their duopo(...)

Xu Li, chief executive of SenseTime Group, is identified by the company’s facial recognition system. Photograph: Gilles Sabrie/Bloomberg via Getty

Microsoft has quietly pulled from the internet its database of 10 million faces, which has been used to train facial recognition systems around the wo(...)

A live demonstration uses artificial intelligence and facial recognition at the Las Vegas Convention Center. Experts believe it is already too late to restrict the movement of face data across geographic borders. Photograph: David McNew/AFP/Getty Images

When Jillian York, a 36-year-old American activist, was on vacation in February, she received an unexpected text. Her friend Adam Harvey, another acti(...)

Jack Ma started Alibaba in 1999 and transformed it into one the world’s most important ecommerce and digital payments companies. His net worth is estimated at about €35 billion. File photograph: STR/AFP/Getty Images

China’s richest man, the Alibaba founder and chairman Jack Ma, has been revealed as a member of the ruling Communist Party of China, having joined dur(...)

Not all money managers share the idea that emerging market stocks are obviously cheap, while others say they are cheap for good reasons. Photograph: Michael Nagle/Bloomberg

Emerging markets have endured a torrid year, losing more than a quarter of their value since peaking in January. Investors are often advised to buy wh(...)

The former Google China headquarters in Beijing in 2010.  The internet giant is returning to the Chinese market, US media reports say. Photograph: Liu Jin/AFP/Getty Images

Google is working on plans to launch a version of its search engine in China that will block controversial search terms and some websites, according t(...)

Traders work on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Photograph: Michael Nagle/ Bloomberg

Stocks fell hard last Tuesday as US 10-year bond yields topped 3 per cent for the first time since 2014. There’s been much agonised commentary as to w(...)

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