Katie Ledecky of the United States leads the field in the  800m freestyle final at the  2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Aquatics Stadium in Rio de Janeiro. Photograph: Adam Pretty/Getty Images

There is a photograph from the 2016 Olympics that captures the true extent of Katie Ledecky’s superiority over her competition. As the 19-year-old is (...)

A Google sign in Shanghai, China, September 17th, 2018. Reuters/Aly Song

When you google Google’s birthday the results are confusing. On September 15th 1997 the oracle that has made us all-knowing all of the time (and simul(...)

As the algorithms come to know us so well, every process request and application  will be determined by the algorithm, not by the human. Photograph: iStock

Studying philosophy may be about to pay off. Unlike the more utilitarian subjects like law or engineering, the conceptual world of Kant, Mill, or even(...)

Prof Jeffrey Ullman: “It’s not really a new phenomenon that people try to influence other people, and do that often by trying to know about them. It’s just become easier to do what people have been trying to do all along.”

Our relatively recent and rapid transformation into a data-driven, data-devouring society comes as no big surprise to Jeffrey Ullman, a pioneering fig(...)

Eating lunch inside The Market, on the ground floor of Twitter’s headquarters in San Francisco. A proposed ordinance would ban employee cafeterias in new construction, encouraging tech workers to leave the office to buy their meals. (Photograph: Jason Henry/The New York Times)

The corporate campuses of the Bay Area’s technology companies have become independent fiefs with dry cleaning, gyms, doctors, shuttle buses and bounti(...)

The Stanford robot was able to correctly classify gay and straight men 81 per cent of the time, and gay and straight women 71 per cent of the time when provided with just one image of the subject.

A new study from Stanford University used artificial intelligence (AI) technology to guess people’s sexual orientations by analysing their headshots. (...)

Some of the male participants scheduled to speak at the MacGill Summer School

The theme of this year’s MacGill Summer School is “the future of Ireland in a new Europe. ” Women, you might be forgiven for thinking, will play a sig(...)

Former Stanford student Brock Turner who was sentenced to six months in county jail for the sexual assault of an unconscious and intoxicated woman in January 2015. Photograph: Santa Clara County Sheriff’s Office/Handout via Reuters

Voters removed from office on Wednesday a California judge who drew worldwide condemnation for giving a six-month jail sentence to a Stanford Universi(...)

New members admitted to the Royal Irish Academy, pictured outside the academy on Dawson Street, Dublin. Photograph: John Ohle

The Government’s Brexit Strategy should seek to preserve the closest possible research links between Ireland and the UK, according to the president of(...)

Was it a broken heart that landed George HW Bush, the 41st president, in the hospital just a day after the funeral of his wife, Barbara? The Bushes w(...)

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