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

25 Jun 2015 by Chris Edwards

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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View from Brussels

French outrage at NSA spying shouldn't obscure the advance of the European surveillance state

25 Jun 2015 by Pelle Neroth

America, it seems, has decided to scale back the surveillance state, at least domestically.

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Editor's letter

Rogue robots - time for Asimov's laws?

16 Jun 2015 by Dickon Ross

Robots are marching across our screens again.

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After All

A horseless peasant on the hippodrome of life

16 Jun 2015 by Vitali Vitaliev

"A horseless peasant on the hippodrome of life"

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Eccentric engineer

Journey to the Bottom of the Sea

1 Jun 2015 by Justin Pollard

The story of modern recreational diving began in the late nineteenth century when a young Maurice Fernez tripped over and fell in the water. The accident, in which he damaged his ankle, left Fernez with a life-long limp and a not unreasonable fear of drowning. But like all good engineers, rather than avoid the water, Fernez decided to conquer his fear.

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View from Washington

Why the FIFA indictments matter for all globalised industries

28 May 2015 by Paul Dempsey

A clean-out of football's rancid stable is overdue. FIFA, the sport's governing body, has been dogged by well-researched accusations of corruption for years, yet no legal authority seemed willing or able to act upon them until now. But the notion that this week's US and Swiss criminal indictments and investigations are solely about cleaning up an ugly game should be dispelled. From Washington, a message is also being sent to every major international industry, including ours.

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