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Essay/Stories & Literature

When robots read books

Artificial intelligence sheds new light on classic texts. Literary theorists who don’t embrace it face obsolescence

Inderjeet Mani

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Idea/Digital Culture

Murder in virtual reality should be illegal

Angela Buckingham

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Idea/Cultures & Languages

Shitloads and zingers: on the perils of machine translation

Arthur Goldhammer

Essay/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

Conscious exotica

From algorithms to aliens, could humans ever understand minds that are radically unlike our own?

Murray Shanahan

Idea/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

Now it’s time to prepare for the Machinocene

Huw Price

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Idea/Future of Technology

The economy is more a messy, fractal living thing than a machine

George Zarkadakis

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Idea/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

Coding is not ‘fun’, it’s technically and ethically complex

Walter Vannini

Essay/History of Technology

Getting things moving

The most important moments in invention are sometimes the imaginative leaps – even when they turn out to be dead-ends

Brian Clegg

Idea/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

There is no difference between computer art and human art

Oliver Roeder

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Essay/Data & Information

‘Big data is people!’

The sum of our clickstreams is not an objective measure of who we are, but a personal portrait of our hopes and desires

Rebecca Lemov

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Essay/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

Should we be afraid of AI?

Machines seem to be getting smarter and smarter and much better at human jobs, yet true AI is utterly implausible. Why?

Luciano Floridi

Essay/Biology

Where do minds belong?

Intelligence could have been moving back and forth between biological beings and machine receptacles for aeons

Caleb Scharf

Essay/Philosophy of Mind

Consciousness creep

Our machines could become self-aware without our knowing it. We need a better way to define and test for consciousness

George Musser

Video/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

A jazzy 1972 history of the computer, from the designers Charles and Ray Eames

10 minutes

Idea/Neuroscience

Trying to simulate the human brain is a waste of energy

Peter Hankins

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Idea/Ethics

We have greater moral obligations to robots than to humans

Eric Schwitzgebel

Video/Neuroscience

How perception leaves the door open for augmented reality to transform our world

4 minutes

Video/Cognition & Intelligence

How do you get a robot to seem more like a human? You make it a liar robot

4 minutes

Video/Bioethics

The mini robots that may show how to ‘programme’ cells for improved performance

4 minutes

Video/History of Science

A chess-playing machine hoax that beat the best and helped inspire the computer

10 minutes

Essay/Cognition & Intelligence

Build-a-brain

We could build an artificial brain that believes itself to be conscious. Does that mean we have solved the hard problem?

Michael Graziano

Video/Work

The robots are coming... for our jobs! Why the human workforce is at risk

15 minutes

Video/Death

What separates life from death? The line is fuzzier than we might expect

6 minutes

Video/Automation & Robotics

How the world’s first ‘recognised cyborg’ senses colour through sound

4 minutes

Essay/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

The info moralist

Persecuted little guy, or powerful revolutionary – what sort of wunderkind was Aaron Swartz?

Ed Lake

Essay/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

Get under the hood

Our laptops are sleek and polished. Our operating systems are fluid and intuitive. Computing is easy and that’s a problem

Samuel Arbesman

Essay/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

Hunger games

A new wave of videogames offers lessons in powerlessness, scarcity and inevitable failure. What makes them so compelling?

Will Wiles

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Essay/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

Sexbot slaves

Thanks to new technology, sex toys are becoming tools for connection – but will sexbots reverse that trend?

Leah Reich

Essay/Art

By brute force

In their blind variations of senseless combinations, artists and Bitcoin miners both reach for a kind of grace

Ned Beauman

Essay/Automation & Robotics

Automated ethics

When is it ethical to hand our decisions over to machines? And when is external automation a step too far?

Tom Chatfield