The Conversation, on AI Chatbots

AI called GPT-3 can write like a human but don’t mistake that for thinking – neuroscientist Bas Nastassia/Shutterstock Guillaume Thierry, Bangor University Since it was unveiled earlier this year, the new AI-based language generating software GPT-3 has attracted much attention for its ability to produce passages of writing that are convincingly human-like. Some have even […]

The Conversation, on Robots in high-contact medical environments

Robots to be introduced in UK care homes to allay loneliness – that’s inhuman Fay Bound Alberti, University of York Some UK care homes are to deploy robots in an attempt to allay loneliness and boost mental health. The wheeled machines will “initiate rudimentary conversations, play residents’ favourite music, teach them languages, and offer practical […]

The Conversation, on the Fourth Industrial Revolution and Agriculture

The fourth agricultural revolution is coming – but who will really benefit? kung_tom/shutterstock David Rose, University of Reading and Charlotte-Anne Chivers, University of Gloucestershire Depending on who you listen to, artificial intelligence may either free us from monotonous labour and unleash huge productivity gains, or create a dystopia of mass unemployment and automated oppression. In […]

The Conversation, on Remote working and offices or city centres

Remote working is here to stay – but that doesn’t mean the end of offices or city centres Most people will return to offices but there’s no rush. Shutterstock Jane Parry, University of Southampton When coronavirus lockdowns were introduced, the shift to remote working was sudden and sweeping. Now the British government is hoping the […]

The Conversation, on quantum communication and hacking

Our quantum internet breakthrough could help make hacking a thing of the past Videoflow/Shutterstock Siddarth Koduru Joshi, University of Bristol The advent of mass working from home has made many people more aware of the security risks of sending sensitive information via the internet. The best we can do at the moment is make it […]

The Conversation, on Games and moral development

Video games affect your moral development but only until you’re 18 – new study Pixel-Shot/Shutterstock, Author provided Sarah Hodge, Bournemouth University Young people have probably spent much more of their time than usual playing video games over the last few months thanks to the coronvirus pandemic. One report from telecoms firm Verizon said online gaming […]

The Conversation, on 3D-printed medical technologies

This 3D printed ‘bone brick’ could transform how we treat bomb injuries – inside story Paulo Bartolo, University of Manchester For thousands of Syrian refugees who have suffered horrific blast injuries after being hit by barrel bombs and other devices of death in their war-torn homeland, the only option is amputation. When you see the […]

The Conversation, on china and quantum communications technology

China’s quantum satellite enables first totally secure long-range messages Andrey VP/Shutterstock Harun Šiljak, Trinity College Dublin In the middle of the night, invisible to anyone but special telescopes in two Chinese observatories, satellite Micius sends particles of light to Earth to establish the world’s most secure communication link. Named after the ancient Chinese philosopher also […]

The Conversation, on Blockchain and Sustainability

Three ways blockchain could get the world to act against the climate crisis Clint Adair/Unsplash, FAL Bernhard Reinsberg, University of Glasgow The world has failed to halt global warming. Four years after the signing of the Paris Agreement, most experts predict global warming will exceed the agreed thresholds, with disastrous consequences. As much as the […]