Ruriko-Lee Northover Yamazaki

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The iCubs are coming! How robots could teach our kids and do our dirty work

They dance, play, swear and beg you to touch them. They may even let you snog someone on the other side of the planet. Meet the robots of tomorrow<p>A bedside table on wheels is practising three-point turns around the room, rising up and down and cheekily cocking its head as it glides, while a furry …

Fear no robot overlords. They can become our best friends.

Edward Hadas<p>« Previous Post<p>Surge pricing and the just economy<p>Next Post »<p>My career in the financial jungle<p>3 comments<p>We welcome comments that advance the story through relevant opinion, anecdotes, links and data. If you see a comment that you believe is irrelevant or inappropriate, you can flag it to …

The Day SF Became Gotham City: How a Metropolis Is Making a 5-Year-Old's Wish Come True

On Friday, November 15, San Francisco became Gotham. The city did not do this for Comic-Con, nor to film a new movie. The city did this to fulfill …

Now Oslo is the world's most expensive place to live

Tokyo, the long-standing costliest place to be an expat, has finally been overtaken by Oslo, due in part to the strength of the Krone.<p>The Japanese capital is still a very expensive city to be a foreign worker and joins the likes of Luanda, in Angola, and Juba, in Sudan, as the top 10 costliest …

Opinion

Letters to the Editor<p>On this day

Xbox u-turn: it's not all good news

Microsoft's pre-owned and online Xbox u-turn is a triumph of player power, but the company has removed some good features too, says Tom Hoggins.<p>Listening to feedback. Protecting their profits. Backing down to a competitor. Call it what you will, but Microsoft’s decision to perform a u-turn on their …

Ofsted: Outstanding schools face sanctions for failing the poor

Outstanding schools that are failing their poorest children could be stripped of their top rating, the head of Ofsted, Sir Michael Wilshaw, has warned.<p>Some of the country's best state schools in wealthy areas are achieving good results for middle-class pupils but are giving those from the poorest …

Clegg under fire over his failure to condemn Saatchi assault on Nigella Lawson

Nick Clegg is facing heavy criticism after he suggested that Charles Saatchi’s assault on Nigella Lawson may have been a “fleeting thing”.<p>The Deputy Prime Minister failed to condemn Mr Saatchi’s actions during his weekly Call Clegg phone-in on LBC radio.<p>He was unable to comment on the pictures of …

Five children injured in crash outside primary school after driver suffered 'coughing fit'

Five children and four adults, including a lollipop lady, were injured in a car crash outside a primary school when the driver apparently suffered a coughing fit at the wheel.<p>The 61-year-old motorist allegedly then hit the accelerator instead of the brake, and ploughed into the pupils as they …

NHS watchdog to name officials at centre of hospital 'cover-up'

The names of "certain individuals" believed to be at the centre of a cover-up over a hospital where babies died through neglect will be published later today, Health Minister Earl Howe has disclosed.<p>Earl Howe told the Lords that ministers had challenged the Care Quality Commission (CQC) decision to …

Jeremy Forrest tells schoolgirl "I love you" as he is found guilty of child abduction

Maths teacher Jeremy Forrest has been found guilty of child abduction.<p>The jury of eight men and four returned a unanimous verdict just two hours after retiring at Lewes Crown Court. He will be sentenced on Friday.<p>Forrest, 30, a teacher at Bishop Bell Church of England School in Eastbourne, abducted …

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