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Do no harm, don't discriminate: official guidance issued on robot ethics

Isaac Asimov gave us the basic rules of good robot behaviour: don’t harm humans, obey orders and protect yourself. Now the British Standards Institute has issued a more official version aimed at helping designers create ethically sound robots.<p>The document, BS8611 Robots and robotic devices, is …

Artificial Intelligence

Iran bans 'homosexual' and 'devil worshipping' hairstyles

“Homosexual” and “devil worshipping” hairstyles have been banned in Iran, alongside tattoos, sunbed treatments and plucked eyebrows for men, which are all deemed un-Islamic.<p>The move – aimed at spiky cuts – follows a trend where, each summer, Iranian authorities get tough on men and women sporting …

Middle East

Grand Theft Auto 5: Kmart joins Target in pulling game from sale

Kmart has become the second major retailer to pull controversial video game franchise Grand Theft Auto from its Australian stores.<p>A spokeswoman for the company announced on Thursday that the highly popular series would be removed from shelves immediately “following a significant review” of their …

5 High-Tech Smartphone Cases That Go Beyond Protection

There are an absurd number of smartphone cases out there. Why not pick one that does something more than just protect your screen?<p><b>Prynt —</b> It's like Instagram, but in real life! This case turns your smartphone into a Polaroid-style camera that prints photos. Bonus: Those photos turn into augmented …

The 25 Best Inventions of 2014

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Top 10 food markets in Europe

Markthal, Rotterdam<p>Rotterdam’s new €175m Markthal is a sensory explosion. The building, by Dutch architects MVRDV, opened in October and is the shape of an extruded horseshoe – into which flats are plugged, which then make up the Markthal’s roof. Beneath this there are 100 shops and food stands on …

Kim Jong-un's aunt died of stroke during 'heated argument on phone with leader'

Kim Kyung-hui has not been seen since September 2013, but regime has failed to explain her disappearance<p>The previously powerful aunt of Kim Jong-un died of a stroke during a heated telephone conversation with the North Korean dictator over the execution of her husband, according to a defector from …