AI shows poor ability in trying out new actions or ideas. Photograph: iStock/Getty Images

Artificial intelligence “still isn’t very smart” so machines won’t be taking over any time soon, according a leading expert on cognitive robotics. In(...)

Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind on Sky Atlantic this Sunday. Photograph: Jay Paul/The New York Times

Big Star’s Little Star Saturday, ITV, 7pm If you’ve ever been embarrassed by your kids choosing a particularly inopportune moment to loudly blurt out (...)

Dean of Westminster, John Hall (3R), accompanied by his first wife Jane Hawking (2L) and daughter Lucy Hawking (C), presides over the internment of Stephen Hawking’s  ashes   at Westminster Abbey, London. Photograph: Getty Images

The voice of Stephen Hawking was beamed into space with a message of peace and hope on Friday as the British physicist, who gained international accla(...)

 Peter Stringfellow with some of the women he has been auditioning for his new tableside dancing club, Cabaret of Angels, in 1996. Photograph: PA Wire

Nightclub owner Peter Stringfellow has died of cancer at the age of 77. The businessman, who had wanted to keep his illness private, died in the earl(...)

The overwhelming scientific consensus is that the spooky-sounding singularity will occur this century, possibly around 2050. File photograph: Getty Images/Photo Researchers RM

God be with the days when AI meant a fella coming to get the cows pregnant. Now it’s about the possible extinction of the human race. Artificial inte(...)

Prof Richard Dawkins and physicist Stephen Hawking are dismissive of philosophy. Photograph: Alan Betson

Science has been spectacularly successful over the past 500 years in its primary job of investigating how the natural world works. Science is wonderfu(...)

James Rickard, Diversity and Employer Manager with Rehab Group

I have asked myself and others the same question, all of my adult life. Does the presence of a disability embrace ones’ whole identity, or does it onl(...)

Sean Moore, Nicky Wire and James Dean Bradfield: 'People secretly like to know when things are going to end and for something to have a finite time span, but I instinctively rail against that.'

Manic Street Preachers singer James Dean Bradfield has very vivid memories of their first Dublin show back in the mists of 1991 that are slightly more(...)

Indian sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik creates a sand sculpture in honour of the late Stephen Hawking, at Puri beach in  India, this week. Photograph:  STR/EPA

It was gratifying to see large-scale media coverage of the death of the famous physicist Stephen Hawking. Those less interested in science may well ha(...)

The answer to growing food in the inhospitable terrain of Mars could be the same as here on Earth: bees.

In the week he died, Stephen Hawking speaks again in voiceover at the start of Niamh Shaw’s stimulating and profoundly imaginative examination of cosm(...)

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