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Would robots that can think for themselves choose to be altruistic, compassionate and fair?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) appears to be suffering from an image crisis. Many of the most vocal commentators seem to believe it will ultimately caus(...)

 Vicky and Jim Phelan leaving the Four Courts  after the announcement of a settlement of their High Court action for damages. Photograph: Collins Courts

A woman who is dying of cervical cancer and who sued over a smear test carried out seven years ago has settled her High Court action for €2.5 million.(...)

Students hold a moment of silence during a rally while taking part in National School Walkout Day to protest school violence on April 20th, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. Photograph: Jim Young/Getty Images

Students across the US have streamed out of their schools in the latest round of gun control protests following the February shooting at a high school(...)

The vehicle that Austin package bombing suspect Mark Conditt was driving when he blew himself up being towed from the crime scene along Interstate 35 in suburban Austin on Thursday. Photograph:  Scott Olson/Getty Images

It was not much – surveillance footage in and near an Austin-area FedEx store showing a man in a disguise dropping off packages. But for the cadre of (...)

Austin police chief Brian Manley briefing the media on  Wednesday in the Austin suburb of Round Rock, Texas. Photograph:  Eric Gay/AP

A man suspected of being the bomber behind a series of explosions across central Texas blew himself up as a swat team approached, police have confirme(...)

 Police tape marks off the neighbourhood where a package bomb went off on Monday in Austin, Texas. Photograph: Drew Anthony Smith/Getty Images

A package bomb blew up at a FedEx Corp distribution centre near San Antonio on Tuesday, officials said, and the FBI was investigating whether it was (...)

Brian Stack who was chief prison officer at Portlaoise Prison was shot in Dublin in 1983.

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar has said that Senator Máire Devine’s offensive retweet referring to the late Brian Stack is as insulting as former MP for West (...)

An ultrasound image of a five-month-old foetus.

As the Beast from the East met Storm Emma with the resulting extreme weather for many across our country, we all witnessed an unprecedented outpouring(...)

Minister for Business  Heather Humphreys at the opening of Wisetek’s facility in Texas.

IT asset disposal firm Wisetek has opened a new operations centre in the United States, creating 25 jobs. The Cork-based company has added the Austin(...)

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar is interviewed by Evan Smith, CEO of Texas Tribune at the SXSW festival in Austin on Sunday. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Critics of the SXSW event usually point to the fact that it has grown too big for any one start-up, organisation or even country to make its presence (...)

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