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At last! The world's first ethical guidelines for driverless cars

There are times a driver should take control of any driverless car system. Shutterstock/Chombosan

Humans before animals and property. No discrimination as to who should survive. Safeguards against malicious hacking.

These are just some of the world-first ethical rules being implemented in Germany regarding how autonomous vehicles are to be programmed.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: Why do stars twinkle?

Lasers being shone from the European Southern Observatory's Very Large Telescope in Chile.

These lasers help remove the twinkles in the night sky and help astronomers see stars clearer on Earth than ever before. F.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Anger, aggression and violence: it matters that we know the difference

Anger is an emotion. Aggression and violence are behaviours.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Racism is real, race is not: a philosopher's perspective

There are no races – biological or social – only racialised groups. from

We live in a richly diverse country, populated by Indigenous Australians, recent immigrants, and descendants of relatively recent immigrants.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Why Google wants to think more like you and less like a machine

All those neurones: if only a machine could really think like a human. MriMan/shutterstock

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Originally published in The Conversation.

Ancient whales had more bite than today's gentle giants

Ancient whales, such as _Janjucetus_ illustrated here, used their sharp teeth to capture and process their prey. Carl Buell, Author provided

Millions of years ago, whales looked very different from the gentle giants we know today. They were comparatively small (about 3-5m long) and had a battery of formidable teeth.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Crystals like you've never seen them before: they're flexible

Crystals are renowned for being hard and brittle. from

You’re already familiar with substances that are crystals - think rock salt, or quartz.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Curious Kids: Why are rainbows round?

Rainbows get their round shape from a process called reflection. The Conversation.

Things to consider when making the switch to the NBN and what to expect

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With all of the negative press about Australia’s National Broadband Network (NBN), consumers who have the option to switch to the NBN from a working broadband connection might be forgiven for being cautious.

Originally published in The Conversation.

Artificial intelligence researchers must learn ethics

Scientists who build artificial intelligence and autonomous systems need a strong ethical understanding of the impact their work could have.

More than 100 technology pioneers recently published an open letter to the United Nations on the topic of lethal autonomous weapons, or “killer robots”.

Originally published in The Conversation.