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(...)

“Amy’s voice has an agreeably low timbre and is smooth as velvet.”

The Financial Times gave part of my job to a robot last week. For years I have been making podcast versions of my column, but now I am faced with sti(...)

The original ‘Tomorrow’s World’ ran on BBC1 for almost 40 years.

The BBC has revived Tomorrow’s World, its science and technology television series, as a name for a wide range of new programmes in partnership with o(...)

A scene from Terminator Salvation: “Any apocalyptic vision of AI can be disregarded,” says Prof Luciano Floridi. The worst-case scenario is when the development of AI  benefits the minority.

There is a disturbing moment in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey when the sentient ship computer Hal suffers a meltdown. Outside, in the depth(...)

Taraji P Henson as Katherine Johnson in the film Hidden Figures, who was pivotal in sending US astronaut John Glenn to space

I recently watched the movie Hidden Figures and was incredibly moved by the true story of Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan and Mary Jackson, who wor(...)

The  Alcor Life Extension Foundation, which stores “cephalons”, or frozen heads and other body parts, ready for hopeful reanimation. Photograph: Laura Segall/New YorkTimes

Mark O’Connell has spent the past few years meeting people who want to upload their minds to robots and never die. He has visited warehouses filled wi(...)

Christian Bale stars as John Connor in ‘Terminator Salvation’. A recent draft EU report suggested all robots should have an integrated “kill switch”

On January 15th 2015, the Future of Life Institute announced it had received $10 million in funding from world-famous technology entrepreneur Elon Mu(...)

These 23 principles were agreed upon at the recent Beneficial AI 2017 conference at the Future of Life Institute in Boston

A list of 23 principles related to the ethics, research strategies and long-term issues arising from developing artificial intelligence technologies h(...)

Can a robot sin?

‘Can a robot sin?” the journal Christian Today asks readers. That, in essence, is what we are asking when we consider, for example, how the artificial(...)

Professor Brian Cox, who says of climate change: “The longer you leave it the more expensive it will be to fix and the more damaging it will be.”

Prof Brian Cox is on the stage in the Olympia and behind him there is a photograph taken by Nasa’s Curiosity rover on Mars, in which Earth appears as (...)

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