AI systems might help solve some of the greatest challenges we face. How do we maximise the promise and prepare for this future?

A robot arm picking lettuces

Robot uses machine learning to harvest lettuce

08 July 2019

A vegetable-picking robot that uses machine learning to identify and harvest a commonplace, but challenging, agricultural crop has been developed...

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Scientists identify possible source of the ‘Uncanny Valley’ in the brain

01 July 2019

Scientists have identified mechanisms in the human brain that could help explain the phenomenon of the ‘Uncanny Valley’ – the unsettling feeling...

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Driverless cars working together can speed up traffic by 35 percent

20 May 2019

A fleet of driverless cars working together to keep traffic moving smoothly can improve overall traffic flow by at least 35 percent, researchers...

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Machine learning predicts mechanical properties of porous materials

15 May 2019

Machine learning can be used to predict the properties of a group of materials which, according to some, could be as important to the 21st century...

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AI: Life in the age of intelligent machines

22 February 2019

In a new film, leading Cambridge University researchers discuss the far-reaching advances offered by artificial intelligence – and consider the...

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Using AI to avert ‘environmental catastrophe’

21 February 2019

A new Centre at the University of Cambridge will develop artificial intelligence techniques to help address some of the biggest threats facing the...

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Machine learning algorithm helps in the search for new drugs

11 February 2019

Researchers have designed a machine learning algorithm for drug discovery which has been shown to be twice as efficient as the industry standard,...

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Robots can go all the way to Mars, but they can’t pick up the groceries

21 December 2018

In the popular imagination, robots have been portrayed alternatively as friendly companions or existential threat. But while robots are becoming...

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From Homer to HAL: 3000 years of AI narratives

12 December 2018

We have been writing about artificial intelligence for almost as long as stories have been written. Now, researchers want us to consider why the...

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