robots

Could AI enslave humanity before it destroys it entirely?

26 October 2019 9:00 am

Depending on how you count, we are in the midst of the second or third AI hype-bubble since the 1960s,…

Toy boy: Machines Like Me, by Ian McEwan, reviewed

13 April 2019 9:00 am

What kind of loyalty do we owe a robot we’ve paid for — one who exhibits a convincingly human kind…

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Ignore the science fiction: AI isn't out to get us

23 February 2019 9:00 am

Artificial intelligence is set to change everything

Adventures with robots: the best summer reading for children

11 August 2018 9:00 am

Imagine a world where we’re all hooked to our individual electronic devices, which feed us our music, communicate with our…

Modern-day Heath Robinson and YouTube star Simone Giertz. Photo: Simone Giertz / YouTube

Meet ‘the queen of shitty robots’

23 June 2018 9:00 am

Older readers will perhaps recall the once popular Sunday evening TV programme Scrapheap Challenge, in which oily, boilersuited blokes competed…

Inhuman face: relying on robots to entertain or care for us could leave humans too vulnerable

What will it mean for mankind when robots start caring for us?

3 February 2018 9:00 am

What will it mean for mankind when machines start caring for us?

Letters: will longer lifespans lead to depleted pension pots?

13 January 2018 9:00 am

Long lives and pension pots Sir: Jon Moynihan is too optimistic about the prospects for further increasing life expectancy, and…

BAE Systems’s Taranis, an armed, unmanned combat aerial vehicle which can fly unseen by radar and fire on targets on land or in the air

We cannot afford to sit back and watch: robot wars are something to fear

23 September 2017 9:00 am

From Lethal Autonomous Weapons to tiny nano-drones, the warfare technology in development is thoroughly alarming. We cannot afford to sit back and watch

Those who want a clear Brexit will need to make sure it is in the manifesto

22 April 2017 9:00 am

The fact that nothing leaked about Mrs May’s snap election tells you much of what you need to know about…

We are the robots: Bipedal Walker, built by David Buckley and the Shadow Robot Project Group, 1987–97

Will our love affair with robots land us in the Natural History Museum?

10 December 2016 9:00 am

Will our love affair with robots send us the way of the dinosaurs? Bryan Appleyard thinks it might

Is Channel 4’s Humans in danger of losing its heart?

5 November 2016 9:00 am

In 2015, the first series of Humans (Sunday) was apparently Channel 4’s most watched home grown drama since The Camomile…

Ed Harris as the sadistic baddie, the Man in Black, in Sky Atlantic’s ‘Westworld’

Lushly pleasing and full of existential complexity: Sky Atlantic’s Westworld reviewed

15 October 2016 9:00 am

The other day James Lovelock, the sprightly 97-year-old inventor of Gaia theory, told a mildly surprised Guardian interviewer that he…

Artificial Intelligence has become the next big thing – again

17 September 2016 9:00 am

Back in 2012, a team at Google built a state-of-the-art artificial intelligence network and fed it ten million randomly selected…

Letters on the EU referendum, junior doctors’ strike, and TV nature programmes

23 January 2016 9:00 am

Bureaucratic tyranny Sir: As James Forsyth points out (‘Scary Monsters’, 16 January), David Cameron and other ‘In’ campaign supporters wish…

I, robot. You, unemployed

16 January 2016 9:00 am

One evening last autumn, four experts in the field of artificial intelligence arrived in Westminster with an urgent message for…

A gleeful vision of the future from Margaret Atwood

19 September 2015 8:00 am

What could happen in literature to a young couple — or a pair of young couples — who fall off…

After the driverless car — will airplanes be next?

Don’t buy The Glass Cage at the airport if you want a restful flight, warns Will Self

28 February 2015 9:00 am

Nicholas Carr has a bee in his bonnet, and given his susceptibilities this might well be a cybernetic insect, cunningly…

The surer we are that machines can think, the less sure we'll be about people

23 August 2014 9:00 am

Having written (for a Times diary) a few sentences about consciousness in robots, I settled back to study readers’ responses…

Michael Lewis vs Wall Street's new predators

5 April 2014 9:00 am

How the US stock market became ‘a war of robots’