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This issue: insurance industry sees cyber attacks on small companies as a business opportunity; trying to make philosophical sense of AI and robots; banks and traders turn to software and algorithms; geeks need to beef up cyber security

Cyber crime a big risk for small companies

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Experts say many businesses not properly insured against security breaches

Eric, Asimov and me

The hunt for some philosophical insight into how we might respond to robots

One web to rule them all: renaming your phone’s hotspot is a geek thing
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Meet the Lord of the mobile WiFi hotspots

Geeks beware: you may be leaking more valuable data than you know

On track: analytics allows study of athletes such as Sir Chris Hoy
©Charlie Bibby

Olympic data help decide 2020 fund victors

Speedier decision making will boost the possibility of medal success

In depth

Are robots good or bad for humanity?
Shinichi Komaba
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Dash to turn new batteries into sales

Goal is products that cost less and last longer

Rise of trading algos

Worries that automation may replace human with robotic stupidity grow

Voice alert: software can monitor conversations in trading rooms
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Banks use software to ease regulatory stress

Panama Papers highlight need for accurate data

Wearables aim to reduce workplace accidents

The use of devices to safeguard staff is gaining in appeal

Calamity warning over systems that make the world go round

Vital services that rely on the internet could become targets for criminal groups


The technical staff repair the robot in YingAo Kitchen Utensils Co., Ltd. ©Zeng Han

Factories are replacing humans with robots. And the effects will be felt around the world


Machine learning is encroaching the cognitive capability that sets humans apart, writes Martin Ford

May 2016

AI cloud promises a silver lining

Computing is evolving from a mobile-first model to an artificial intelligence-first world

Got myself a living doll: sex and robots

Relationships with intelligent automatons will pose real human dilemmas, writes Maija Palmer

Dropbox, Facebook and their like go to work

Business-friendly versions of apps appear in the office

Confusion reigns over privacy deal

Watchdogs find fault with ‘Safe Harbour’ replacement

Tap into powers of big tech companies

Number of intelligent services is increasing

Pupils told to ‘bring your own device’

Fears children will be distracted do not hold up

Curriculum experts say coding is essential in a digital economy

Developing computational thinking helps students to better understand the world around them

April 2016

Survival in the era of automation

The coming industrial age could create a new world of human work

How to robot-proof your children’s careers

Experts say a rethink of education is needed to keep humans employed

Employers’ views of the over-50s are wrong

It is time to put aside outdated stereotypes of older workers

Lane-Fox charity to develop digital abilities

Almost a quarter of UK adults are not workplace ready

Simple precautions can help keep CEO fraudsters at bay

Executives can guard against cyber criminals

Flexibility is crucial if cities want to become start-up capitals

Small companies need to influence policy decisions

Drones lift agriculture to a higher plane

Bulgaria start-up updates a traditional industry

March 2016

Technophobia is so last century

From the industrial revolution on, machines have prompted human fears

Robot march to deliver parcels is far from being pie in the sky

Are ground machines more practical than flying drones?