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Anthill 19: Pain

Pain is something everyone experiences. This episode of The Anthill podcast explores how and why it works in our brains, what kinds of drugs are being developed to reduce pain, and whether or not robots of the future should be built so that they experience pain.
Robots are currently used by police for bomb disposal. Future versions will be much more sophisticated. Nigel Roddis/AAP

Three ways robots can save lives in war

Robots are a twin-edged sword. Used badly, they may one day perpetrate genocide and war crimes. Used well, they can prevent them.
When everyone’s out of a job, will workers unite? Inspiring/Shutterstock.com

Will the AI jobs revolution bring about human revolt, too?

As artificial intelligence technology becomes more capable, it threatens more types of jobs – like lawyers, bureaucrats and managers. What social upheaval will happen if those people can't find work?
The original ‘Blade Runner’ took place in a dreary, dystopian Los Angeles in 2019. Warner Bros.

Blade Runner’s chillingly prescient vision of the future

The relationship between corporations, machines and humans defines modern life in ways that Ridley Scott – even in his wildest dreams – couldn't have imagined.

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