The rise of the robo-journalist: advancements in programming and artificial intelligence are creating "bots" who can write copy good enough to pass the scrutiny of a human reader.
Sverker Johansson, a Swedish teacher, has created a computer program -- called Lsjbot -- that is said to have written over 2.7 million Wikipedia entries, or 8.5 percent of the total.
The L.A. Times was the first major newspaper to publish a story entirely created by a computer program: it was an earthquake report published a mere three minutes after the event, in 2012.
This "mechanical man" was called Alpha and it was built in 1932. He could talk, sing, whistle (for half an hour), laugh, carry on a conversation, tell the time and date, fire a revolver and read the small print of a newspaper.
The robot could read fluently in any language, and was on display at the Radio Exhibition in Olympia, London. Alpha was invented by scientist Harry May for the Mullard Valve Company.
The "infinite monkey theorem" states that given enough time, a monkey will eventually type any given text on a keyboard, including William Shakespeare's whole body of work.
This baby robot is called iCub, and it was developed by the Italian Institute of Technology. It can learn like a three-year-old and interpret human speech.
Robothespian, a humanoid robot designed in the U.K., is an attempt at recreating the capabilities of a human being in a creative field. It has performed on stage several times as a "mechanical actor".
A boy writes a Chinese letter for 'study' with a calligraphy robot, which mimics the exact brush strokes of a master calligrapher, at a science workshop for elemenatry children at Keio University in Yokohama, suburban Tokyo on July 30, 2013. The motion copy robot, developed by Japan's Keio University associate professor Seiichiro Katsura, can recreate master works and the users can experience the same pressure and the same gestures of brush works by master painters or calligraphers.
Elon Musk, the founder of SpaceX and Tesla Motors, believes artificial intelligence is dangerous and could potentially wipe out the human race.