• Science Updates
    Experts Assemble for UN-Hosted Meeting on ‘Killer Robots’

    Experts from scores of countries are meeting to discuss ways to define and deal with “killer robots” – futuristic weapons systems that could conduct war without human intervention. The weeklong gathering that opened Monday is the second at UN offices in Geneva this year to focus on such lethal autonomous weapons systems and to explore possibilities […]

  • Education
    Robots will never replace teachers but can boost children’s education

    Robots can play an important role in the education of young people but will never fully replace teachers, a new study suggests. Writing in Science Robotics, scientists say social robots are proving effective in the teaching of certain narrow subjects, such as vocabulary or prime numbers. But current technical limitations — particularly around speech recognition and […]

  • Science Updates
    Humans Susceptible to Emotional Manipulation by Robots: Study

    Researchers from the University of Duisburg-Essen in Germany have found that humans are susceptible to emotional manipulation by robots. The findings indicated that humans have such a strong tendency to anthropomorphise – attribution of human traits, emotions, or intentions to non-human entities like robots – that we can fall prey to emotional manipulation by such […]