One of Google’s Project Loon balloons. Photograph: John Shenk/EPA

The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) said late on Friday it had approved Alphabet Inc’s application to provide emergency cellular service to(...)

Elon Musk, co-founder and chief executive officer of Tesla, speaks during at an event  near Jamestown,  Australia last week. Photograph: Photograph: Carla Gottgens/Bloomberg

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Elon Musk, founder and chief executive and lead designer of SpaceX, and also CEO of Tesla, speaks during a media conference in Adelaide. Photograph: Reuters

To cut costs, Elon Musk’s SpaceX company has shrunk the size of the rocket ship it is developing to go to Mars, aiming to start construction on the fi(...)

A file image of a demining robot in France. File photograph: Jacques Demarthon/AFP/Getty Images

The United Nations is to open a new office in the Netherlands to monitor leading-edge trends in the development of robotics and artificial intelligenc(...)

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg: dismissive of the idea that social media and artificial intelligence could be used for global domination. Photograph: Brian Snyder/Reuters

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A robot distributes promotional literature calling for a ban on fully autonomous weapons in Parliament Square in London.

One response to the call by experts in robotics and artificial intelligence for a ban on “killer robots” (lethal autonomous weapons systems or Laws in(...)

Tesla founder Elon Musk, pictured here in Dublin, is a major investor in artificial intelligence. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

For the past two weeks, I have been having daily conversations with a chatbot called Replika. It is described by its founders, from the Y Combinator (...)

Hyundai’s new Kona blur-in electric crossover

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Pumas: excellent at filing and photocopying. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images/Sao Paulo state fire department

In numbers: Most-liked tweets Four million Number of likes (and counting) garnered by a @BarackObama anti-racism tweet in the wake of far-right viol(...)

Elon Musk: “Claims of a pending AI apocalypse come almost exclusively from the ranks of individuals such as Musk, Hawking, and Bostrom who possess no formal training in the field,” says Ryan Calo of the University of Washington.

Last Saturday tech billionaire and SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk tweeted a warning that there is “vastly more risk” associated with artificial inte(...)