A tale of two (and more) robots

It was the best of times...

A tale of two (and more) robots

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times. It was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness. It was 1859 when Dickens wrote Tale of Two Cities and in short, the period was so far like the present … it’s downright scary. And that’s before you start talking about robots.

Artificial good or evil

Technique, not technology, is needed to solve the ‘wicked problem’ of cyber security, says computer scientist and cryptography expert Dr Peter Gutmann.

The robots are coming

Big businesses and government departments are using AI to learn from our behaviour, better understand our needs and desires, and deliver us offers we can’t resist. Should banks feel threatened for when it starts being used by people to make personal decisions? Maybe, says Vaughn Davis.


Does your car “not want” to start on cold mornings? And does your toaster “like” burning your toast? This kind of intentional language is natural to us and built into the way we interact with the world – even with machines. This is because we have evolved to become extremely social animals, understanding others by forming mental models of what they are thinking. We use these skills to understand the behaviour of anything complicated we interact with, especially robots.