Sex robots are actually going to be good for humanity

“Ban sex robots!” scream the tech headlines, as if they’re heralding the arrival of the latest artificial intelligence threat to humankind since autonomous killer robots. The campaign, led by academics Kathleen Richardson and Erik Billing, argues that the development of sex robots should be stopped because it reinforces or reproduces existing inequalities.

The Toyota Kikai

The Toyota KIKAI Concept is strange, but it reflects the Japanese manufacturer’s desire to emphasize the fundamental appeal of machines, and recreate a petite, modern day hot rod.

In Peru water is a high price for Lima's poor

The IMF and World Bank are holding their annual meetings in Lima, Peru, and one of the issues delegates are considering is the problem of income inequality. Take water. It costs Lydia 80 sol - $25 (£16.50) - per month to buy water for her family.

The rainbow tide

Spreading gay rights show the clout of a secular middle class. WITH her eyes ablaze under a mop of boyish hair, Yoalli Lora sums up the lessons she has learned from years battling Mexican authority. “In Mexico the laws don’t work unless you create a scandal.”

Why is Brazil's currency so weak?

Tourists who came to Brazil for last year's World Cup are probably lamenting the fact that the tournament wasn't held in 2015 instead. Since the beginning of the year, Brazil's real has been one of the fastest-falling currencies among major economies.

Peru: in search of Paititi, the lost city of the Incas

According to legend, and a scrap of parchment discovered in the Vatican archives in 2001, it might be where we’d come: deep in the Peruvian Amazon, where the rainforest runs up against the Andes. The lost city of Paititi, final redoubt of the Incas; a real-life El Dorado in some of the last uncharted territory on the planet. 

Colombia peace v.s. punishment opens debate

Last week, in a historic joint statement issued from Havana, Cuba, Colombia’s President Juan Manuel Santos and Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) maximum leader Rodrigo Londoño Echeverri announced the establishment of a transitional justice framework.