Could we build a Blade Runner replicant?
The sequel to the sci-fi classic Blade Runner, just out, takes us back to a future where androids made with organic body parts are indistinguishable from humans. But, 35 years after the original, are we any closer to building such machines? Fumiya Iida reports. (more…)
Where private race for space is going
Businesses led by Bezos, Branson and Musk are increasingly challenging national space agencies in a new space race, which comes with great opportunities but also huge risks. Where will it all end, asks Monica Grady. (more…)
Emotionless chatbots ‘bad news’
Chatbots are now seemingly everywhere – and the cost-saving benefits of automation are like to remain so appealing that their use for customer service will expand drastically. But, argues artificial intelligence academic Daniel Polani, the likely outcome is that consumers will suffer. (more…)
Even good robots are scarily unpredictable
This month’s open letter to the UN from artificial intelligence business leaders warned about the rise of ‘killer robots’. But, says Taha Yasseri, the real threat is from ‘stupid’ machines that are inherently unpredictable. (more…)