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A Russian T-14 Armata main battle tank.  “Military advisers tell me it looks at least 10 years ahead of any other tank on the planet. It can be remote controlled at the moment, but they’re rushing to make  it fully autonomous so it can go out on its own.” Photograph: Andrey Rudakov/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots is not looking to prevent the rise of Robocop. It has no plans to crush the (convincing yet CGI) robot from Bosstow(...)

Science Foundation Ireland  director general Prof Mark Ferguson has been appointed chair of the new European Innovation Council advisory board. Photography: Jason Clarke Photography

In a sign of Ireland’s increased standing in European research and innovation, Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) director general Prof Mark Ferguson ha(...)

Recent trials of upper-body “exoskeletons” by production line staff show that lightweight wearable frames greatly reduce the physical strain of repetitive overhead assembly work.

Should there be any ethical or legal boundaries to technologies that enhance humans? I pondered this last week as I read an online article about the r(...)

Female participation in the US army accounts for 15 per cent of those in active duty and 19 per cent of their reserve forces. Photograph: Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Republicans in the United States secretly love bureaucracy. They might claim disdain publicly for big government. The reality is they relentlessly vo(...)

An augmented reality sample of a Robinson R44 helicopter outfitted with 360-degree camera and imaging radar by SkyRyse in Tracy, California, this week. Photograph: Jason Henry/The New York Times

Last week, at a tiny airport in the dusty flatlands east of San Francisco, a red-and-white helicopter lifted gently into the air, hovering a few feet (...)

Dr Gill Pratt: “If you take the driving manual and you follow those rules precisely, you’ll often get into situations where your car will get stuck and not make any progress at all. So how do you figure that out?”

Dr Gill Pratt is Toyota’s billion dollar man. The quietly spoken, unassuming academic is tasked with mapping out a future for the Japanese car giant i(...)

The US military test fires an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile  at Vandenberg Air Force Base,  California.  Photograph: Ringo Chiu/AFP/Getty

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) continues to be five steps ahead of the competition globally. Driving innovation in numerous t(...)

Look! No hands: Self-driving vehicles are on the way, sooner rather than later

It is rather like that moment in Generic Science Fiction Movie 2: The Return. The rag-tag group of surviving humans are cloistered in the corner of so(...)

Google self-driving car crash was blamed on the fact the car calculated that the bus would stop, while the bus driver thought the car would

The recent scrape between a Google self-driving car and a bus in California caused the sort of media response normally reserved for a multi-fatality m(...)

Microsoft recently placed a prototype of a self-contained data centre 30 feet under water in the Pacific Ocean. Photograph: Microsoft/NYT

Taking a page from Jules Verne, researchers at Microsoft believe the future of data centres may be under the sea. Microsoft has tested a prototype of(...)

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