Artificial intelligence

The global elite and me

23 July 2022 9:00 am

Here come the global elites. They love it here. Their spiritual second home. The heat, the rosé, the food, the…

Nick Bostrom: How can we be certain a machine isn’t conscious?

9 July 2022 9:00 am

Philosopher Nick Bostrom on the AI threat

Can you tell which of these artworks was created by a computer?

23 April 2022 9:00 am

Will AI change painting — or destroy it?

The algorithm myth: why the bots won't take over

19 February 2022 9:00 am

The psychologist Gerd Gigerenzer on how to stay ahead of the algorithms

Who can take on China in the tech arms race?

17 April 2021 9:00 am

Who can take on China in the tech arms race?

The importance of daydreams

6 February 2021 9:00 am

I miss daydreaming. It’s a small problem to have in a pandemic, but it nags at me. Laptop, cooker, home-school,…

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We must stop militant liberals from politicizing artificial intelligence

23 December 2020 2:01 am

What do you do if decisions that used to be made by humans, with all their biases, start being made…

Why AI will never write a great song

19 December 2020 9:00 am

Two years ago, the songwriter Nick Cave told his fans that he’d speak to them directly — not through an…

A singular mind: Roger Penrose on his Nobel Prize

19 December 2020 9:00 am

Roger Penrose on his Nobel Prize, the beauty of physics – and why AI is nothing to fear

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Ignore the science fiction: AI isn’t out to get us

23 February 2019 9:00 am

Every ten to 15 years there is a technology breakthrough that really changes what it means to be human. The…

I have seen the future, and it’s a racist, filthy-mouthed teenage robot

2 April 2016 9:00 am

‘I’m a nice person,’ said the robot. ‘I just hate everybody.’ Maybe you know the feeling. The robot in question…

Why could a robot replace a police chief – but not me?

26 September 2015 8:00 am

It’s hard to turn on the television nowadays without being shown a robot. It might be looking like a grasshopper…

The real reason GPs are grumpy: the robots are coming for them

17 January 2015 9:00 am

There’s something wrong with the relationship between patients and their GPs. I’ve spent much of this winter in my local…

The surer we are that machines can think, the less sure we'll be about people

23 August 2014 9:00 am

Having written (for a Times diary) a few sentences about consciousness in robots, I settled back to study readers’ responses…

The sheer stupidity of artificial intelligence

5 July 2014 9:00 am

Believers in omnipotent machine intelligence are reshaping the world to fit their fantasies

How to beat a robot bookie

22 March 2014 9:00 am

What does it mean these days to beat the bookie? Many of us like to imagine that winning a bet…

The plan with three brains

15 March 2014 9:00 am

A good human chess player with a good computer trounces the best human or computer playing alone