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Science fiction can tell us a lot about our problems with artificial intelligence

Last year, an open letter with signatories including Stephen Hawking and Nick Bostrom called for AI to be of demonstrable benefit to humanity, or risk something that exceeds our ability to control it.<p>AI, as conceived of in popular culture, does not yet exist, even if autonomous and expert systems …

Apple to FBI: Drop this case and let's figure out digital security together

Apple's war of words with the FBI and U.S. government is far from over, but in the latest salvo Apple CEO Tim Cook pressed his case in a letter to …

China wants to go to the dark side of the Moon in 2018

State media says the country will launch a probe in two years time<p>China could be the first nation to visit the dark side of the Moon, with the country's state media announcing plans today to send a probe to the satellite's unexplored hemisphere in 2018. A spacecraft named Chang'e-4 will attempt the …

Norovirus and the anatomy of a scientific discovery

The process of scientific discovery is far from mysterious, even if it is often more convoluted than you might imagine<p>“A virus,” wrote the celebrated immunologist Peter Medawar, “is a piece of bad news wrapped in protein.”<p>The bad news from norovirus, one of the main preoccupations of my research …

Marketers: Personalization will become a science this year

It’s 2016, and marketers still have trouble personalizing their outreach to customers. Only five percent of marketers have a predictive understanding of the customer journey, and only 31 percent say they use customer data to provide better experiences.<p>Just 19 percent of marketers personalize their …

Brexit could risk tourists' safety and push up flight prices, say top travel figures

EasyJet chief and ex-Tui boss urge UK to stay in EU as five previously Eurosceptic Labour figures support PM’s renegotiation package<p>Two top travel industry figures have warned that Britain leaving the EU could risk tourists’ safety and push up flight prices.<p>Less than a week before a crunch Brussels …

DARPA to unveil its 130-foot unmanned robot ship in April

The christening will happen in Portland, Oregon.<p>DARPA is christening its autonomous robot ship in April, the agency's director, Arati Prabhakar, has revealed at a media roundtable. That's the same submarine-hunting drone defense contractor Leidos began building in 2014, and the same one that will …