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BP has agreed to pay a £12bn settlement over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster

BP to settle Deepwater Horizon case

Oil giant BP has agreed to pay £12bn to settle the Deepwater Horizon oil spill case, ending years of litigation over the environmental damage and casualties.

The automatic object recognition feature of Google's Photos app has tagged two people of colour as gorillas

Black couple tagged as gorillas by Google's smart app

The artificial intelligence system in Google’s new Photos app has caused a scandal by tagging an African American couple as gorillas.

Barclays has extended the trial of its technology that allows people to pay their cheques by taking pictures of them

Barclays’ photocheque available to Android users

Barclays has extended the trial of its mobile cheque imaging service that allows people to pay in their cheques by simply taking photos of them.

The Mayor's Fund and 'Penny for London' announced its first list of beneficiaries, including the Dellaglio Foundation

Contactless micro-donations raise £30K for London youth charities

The Penny for London scheme has announced the first ten charities and projects that will benefit from the contactless payment donations made by Londoners since the charity's launch in October 2014.

Siemens has launched the world's largest electrolysis plant to convert excess wind power into hydrogen

Siemens launches largest hydrogen energy storage plant

German engineering giant Siemens has launched what it calls ‘the world’s largest electrolysis plant’, designed to store excess wind power in hydrogen for use in cars.

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Artist's impression of the Henn-na Hotel reception

Robot Hotel: Welcome, humans, how may we serve you?

The notion of robot hospitality staff has been around in science fiction for many years. Now a Japanese group is making it happen.

Mammoth in the Mars Yard at the Powerhouse museum in Sydney

G’day, Robots! Field robotics research in Australia

We visit the largest civilian field robotics and intelligent systems group in the world, the Australian Centre for Field Robotics at Sydney University, to see what autonomous machines can do to make people’s lives easier, and what the future holds.

Synth ‘Anita’ (played by Gemma Chan)

Emotional robots: teaching machines how we feel

The real problem in designing robots that can read emotions is understanding humans.

R2D2 droid from Star Wars

Robot love: how to persuade humans to embrace machines

Man, meet machine. E&T investigates the tricks that make it easier for us humans to deal with robots that look like objects.

A toy robot

Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics

Disenchantment with a fear-fuelled interpretation of science prompted Isaac Asimov to author the Three Laws of Robotics. Do they still hold up today?

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 Part of the Les Paul Memorabilia Exhibit on show at The Hard Rock Cafe, New York City, ahead of the Les Paul 100th Anniversary Celebrations beginning on June 9 2015 in Times Square

The Les Paul memorabilia exhibit on display at The Hard Rock Cafe, New York City - part of the Les Paul 100th anniversary celebrations

A boy rides his bicycle past a collapsed house after Saturday's earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal

A boy rides his bicycle past a collapsed house after Saturday's earthquake in Kathmandu, Nepal

An Andy-Warhol-inspired work by Emanuele Niri on display at the 3D Printing show in New York

An Andy-Warhol-inspired work by Emanuele Niri on display at the 3D Printing show in New York

The face of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial stared back at Billy Harley, owner of the Uig Hotel, Isle of Skye, from inside the tree trunk Harley was chopping to make firewood for the bar of his hotel

The face of E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial stared back at Billy Harley, owner of the Uig Hotel, Isle of Skye, from inside the tree trunk Harley was chopping to make firewood for the bar of his hotel

One view from the Amazon Tall Tower Observatory, in Sao Sebastiao do Uatuma, which monitors conditions in the middle of the Amazon forest

One view from the Amazon Tall Tower Observatory, in Sao Sebastiao do Uatuma, which monitors conditions in the middle of the Amazon forest

A 5mm-square nano-sized Bible on a semiconductor. The tiny Bible contains the original Greek version of the New Testament

A 5mm-square nano-sized Bible on a semiconductor. The tiny Bible contains the original Greek version of the New Testament

Viktorija Pashuta, a photographer from Latvia, imagines what social networks would look like if humanised

Viktorija Pashuta, a photographer from Latvia, imagines what social networks would look like if humanised

The 40-seater Bio-Bus, the UK's first bus powered by gas generated from food waste and human sewage

The 40-seater Bio-Bus, the UK's first bus powered by gas generated from food waste and human sewage

Control your drinking this Christmas with the literal half pint glass, available from web retailers www.gettingpersonal.co.uk

Control your drinking this Christmas with the literal half pint glass, available from web retailers www.gettingpersonal.co.uk

Bionic Boots, developed by Keahi Seymour from Solihull, UK. Inspired by the stride of an ostrich, high-tensile springs imitate the achilles of those animals to allow any human to run at approximately 25mph

Bionic Boots, developed by Keahi Seymour from Solihull, UK. Inspired by the stride of an ostrich, high-tensile springs imitate the achilles of those animals to allow any human to run at approximately 25mph

Sculptor Olaf Holzapfel's installation 'Drei Bruecken' ('Three bridges') in the forest near Dresden, Germany.   The piece is in response to the topic, 'Technik und Landschaft' ('Technology and countryside').

Sculptor Olaf Holzapfel's installation 'Drei Bruecken' ('Three bridges') in the forest near Dresden, Germany. 

The piece is in response to the topic, 'Technik und Landschaft' ('Technology and countryside').

A model of a suspended monorail system on display at the 2014 China International Industry Fair in Shanghai, China

A model of a suspended monorail system on display at the 2014 China International Industry Fair in Shanghai, China

Blogs

Digital India to create 18 lakh jobs

2 July 2015

Friends even as I watched the webcast of the Digital India event, I must say the mood has been euphoric. The spirit has been reflected in the Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi's speech, who said that Digital India will provide jobs to 18 lakh individuals.

My computer doesn't understand me and that's just fine

25 June 2015

There are people and companies trying to design robots and computers that process emotional cues to help them better "understand us". Given the success of previous attempts to make computers more helpful at a personal level, the thing I fear is a cross between Barney the Dinosaur and Marvin the Paranoid Android more than dangerously psychotic robots.

 
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Are the likes of Apple right to invest so heavily in their new HQ?

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Guy Clapperton

Guy Clapperton is the author of several books on social media and other digital comms issues. He is a public speaker and media commentator on technology in newspapers such as the Guardian and the Times.

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Andrea Kates

Andrea Kates is CEO of LaunchPad Central, a San Francisco-based technology company specialising in the commercialisation of innovation. She is also author of the bestselling business book ‘Find Your Next’.

Building futuristic headquarters is wasteful and unnecessary

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