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Could AI find new purposes for medications?

Scientists have developed a machine-learning method that crunches massive amounts of data to help determine which existing medications could improve outcomes in diseases for...

Mining past data for better weather forecasts with Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) can analyze past weather patterns to predict future events, much more efficiently and potentially someday more accurately than today’s technology, researchers...

Can passengers be blamed for self-driving car accidents?

With the self-driving car gaining traction in today’s automobile landscape, the issue of legal liability in the case of an accident has become more...

Training AI – why artificial neural networks are so power-hungry

This month, Google forced out a prominent AI ethics researcher after she voiced frustration with the company for making her withdraw a research paper. The...

Neural networks explained by a computer scientist

Editor’s note: One of the central technologies of artificial intelligence is neural networks. In this interview, Tam Nguyen, a professor of computer science at the...

Could AI be used to detect Cancer?

Machine learning technologies are everywhere. They’re used by search engines, social media, and even in online banking. But one area that this technology is...

Why we should rethink how we imagine future cities

Imagining future cities has long been a favourite activity for architects, artists and designers. Technology is often central in these schemes – it appears as...

Electronic skin that could restore lost sensation and detect disease

Picture this: You’ve experienced no physical sensation beyond your wrists for years, then a doctor drapes a thin, flexible membrane over your hand and,...

The four types of AI – are we close to creating self-aware machines?

The common, and recurring, view of the latest breakthroughs in artificial intelligence research is that sentient and intelligent machines are just on the horizon....

Can virtual reality make a profile of your personality?

Virtual reality (VR) has the power to take us out of our surroundings and transport us to far-off lands. From a quick round of golf,...

‘You may be hacked’ and other things doctors should tell you

On September 9 2020, a woman died during a cyber-attack on a hospital in Düsseldorf, Germany. The woman was in a critical condition and...

If a robot is conscious, is it OK to turn it off? The moral implications of building true AIs

In the “Star Trek: The Next Generation” episode “The Measure of a Man,” Data, an android crew member of the Enterprise, is to be dismantled for research purposes...

How algorithms run the world behind the scenes

The world of computing is full of buzzwords: AI, supercomputers, machine learning, the cloud, quantum computing and more. One word in particular is used...

The fourth agricultural revolution is coming – but who will really benefit?

Depending on who you listen to, artificial intelligence may either free us from monotonous labour and unleash huge productivity gains, or create a dystopia...

Why AI can’t ever reach its full potential without a physical body

Artificial intelligence seems to be making enormous advances. It has become the key technology behind self-driving cars, automatic translation systems, speech and textual analysis, image processing...