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An iFlyTek robot that uses artificial intelligence, in Beijing. The answer to the question of whether AI will help or hurt workers depends on your timeframe and your socio-economic class.  Photograph: Giulia Marchi/The New York Times

Two of the most polarising words in the English language at the moment (aside from “Donald Trump”) must be “artificial intelligence”. Last week, Big T(...)

Members of the New York Fire Department at the scene. Photograph: Alba Vigaray/EPA

A three-year-old boy playing with the burners on a kitchen stove started a fire in a New York apartment building that killed 12 people, including four(...)

The Finnish pilot programme comes shortly after New York’s mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced a plan to create a fleet of ferry boats at a cost of $325 million to help offset congestion in the city.

We’ve all heard of plans by companies to introduce autonomously-driven cars on to our roads and some firms are also busy trialling driverless trucks. (...)

Shalane Flanagan  crosses the finish line to win the women’s race of the New York City Marathon in Central Park in New York on Sunday. Photograph: Brendan McDermid/Reuters

Shalane Flanagan dethroned Mary Keitany on Sunday and became the first American woman to win the New York City Marathon since 1977, potentially ending(...)

US president Donald Trump on Wednesday: “Diversity lottery sounds nice. It’s not nice, it’s not good, it hasn’t been good, we’ve been against it,” he said. Photograph: Al Drago/Bloomberg

Irish officials have given a cautious response to the proposal by US president Donald Trump to abolish the green card lottery scheme, as the Trump ad(...)

Police investigate a pickup truck used in an attack on the West Side Highway in Manhattan, New York. Photograph: Reuters

An Uzbek immigrant accused of a deadly truck attack on a New York cycle path has been charged with providing material support to a terrorist group and(...)

Police investigate a vehicle allegedly used in a ramming incident on the West Side Highway in Manhattan, New York, on Tuesday. Photograph: Andrew Kelly/Reuters

US president Donald Trump condemned a “sick and deranged person” who struck and killed people with a vehicle in Manhattan on Tuesday, though he stoppe(...)

The sun sets behind a tree on a mild autumn evening in the vineyard of Osthoffen, outside Strasbourg, France. Photograph: Christian Hartmann / Reuters.

Image of the week: Wine evening The sun isn’t setting on the wine industry, just this vineyard near the Vosges mountains in France, but production ha(...)

Elon Musk is recruiting his army of millions of Twitter followers and Tesla aficionados to help him lobby for an audacious new superfast underground train system that would connect New York to Washington DC in less than half an hour.

Elon Musk is recruiting his army of millions of Twitter followers and Tesla aficionados to help him lobby for an audacious new superfast underground t(...)

New York mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray after the funeral of police officer Miosotis Familia. Photograph: Chang W Lee/The New York Times

Donald Trump’s presence at the G20 summit and the leadership pretensions of his daughter Ivanka, who replaced him for a time at the top table, may hav(...)

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