New robot ‘on the path to self-awareness’
Scientists at Colombia University have built a robot that learns about itself in the same way as a baby. It could be a major step towards machines that are fully self-aware.
Video referee poised for World Cup debut
Would video referees improve football? The sport’s lawmakers have given the go-ahead for them to be used across the game from next season — and even at this summer’s World Cup.
Anti-gun activists take aim at Amazon
Is Amazon evil? A huge backlash has hit the business for supporting the National Rifle Association. But some say Amazon represents far deeper dangers which put our very democracy at risk.
Conspiracies hound teen shooting survivors
Should “trending” be abolished ? This week, a conspiracy theory which falsely claimed that a survivor of a school shooting was an actor became the number one trending video on YouTube.
Shakespeare exposed by plagiarism detector
Is the world's greatest writer a cheat? Software normally used to outwit exam fraud has disclosed an obscure manuscript that was the source of many of the Bard's most famous lines.
‘World’s most powerful rocket’ set for lift-off
Are we about to witness a giant leap or a silly stunt? Today SpaceX will launch a huge rocket which could pave the way for future Mars missions. But some people do not believe the hype.
How to find out your entire genetic make-up
Should everyone get their genome sequenced? A new, handheld device could allow people to analyse their DNA from “the comfort of their own home”. But they might not like what they find…
NASA’s cool, hot, and fast mission to the Sun
How much could we learn from NASA’s next mission? This summer a probe will travel closer to the Sun than any other spacecraft in history. Scientists hope it will unlock many solar secrets.
How an army of bots buys influence on Twitter
Are social media bots putting democracy at risk? The New York Times has discovered a “follower factory” which sells fake...
Welcome to the future: air taxis and robodogs
Are we getting tired of tech? Countless weird and wonderful new gadgets are being launched this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Here are five ways your life could change…
Meet the world’s largest known prime number
How important are prime numbers? The largest known prime number has just been discovered by an engineer from Tennessee. It is 23 million characters long and is known simply as M77232917.
Facebook admits social media is bad for you
Is the answer to social media’s problems… more social media? Facebook has admitted that “passively” using its website may not be good for you. Its answer? Just use it a little differently.
Facebook is ‘ripping apart the social fabric’
Is Facebook destroying society? A former executive has revealed he feels “tremendous guilt” for helping to build the site — he claims it is “eroding the core foundations” of how we behave.
2017 in review: the year the robots got smart
Should we be excited or afraid of advances in AI and robotics? This year, systems gained the ability to teach themselves skills and anticipate the future — one robot even gained citizenship.
Google’s landscraper and the city of tomorrow
Should we build horizontal skyscrapers? Google’s new London HQ is set to be one of the world’s first “landscrapers”, or very long buildings. Some would like these to replace high-rises…
YouTube owns up to ‘sinister’ child problem
Is YouTube doing enough to regulate itself? The website has announced new measures to remove inappropriate content, particularly to do with...