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Pain leads to empathy and self-preservation: should we make robots ‘feel’ it?

12 minutes

Essay/Computing & Artificial Intelligence


The most avid believers in artificial intelligence are aggressively secular – yet their language is eerily religious. Why?

Beth Singler

Video/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

Machine learning is important, but some AIs just want to have fun

57 minutes

Idea/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

Quantum cryptography is unbreakable. So is human ingenuity

Joshua Holden

Essay/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

Raising good robots

We already have a way to teach morals to alien intelligences: it's called parenting. Can we apply the same methods to robots?

Regina Rini

Idea/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

The body is the missing link for truly intelligent machines

Ben Medlock

Essay/Cognition & Intelligence

Intelligence: a history

Intelligence has always been used as fig-leaf to justify domination and destruction. No wonder we fear super-smart robots

Stephen Cave

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

Idea/Digital Culture

Murder in virtual reality should be illegal

Angela Buckingham

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

Idea/Future of Technology

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

George Zarkadakis

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

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

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


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


Trying to simulate the human brain is a waste of energy

Peter Hankins


We have greater moral obligations to robots than to humans

Eric Schwitzgebel


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


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


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

Michael Graziano


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

15 minutes


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

6 minutes