We have long believed ourselves to be the only intelligent beings on Earth – that may soon change and the consequences will be dramatic for law, politics and society in general.
In this episode we look at historical visions of the future and how accurate they were, the future of work, and what it's like to predict the future for a day job.
Students with chronic illness often get only a few hours of education a week. Telepresence robots could let them participate fully in classroom and school activities.
Collecting pollen takes a surprising amount of teamwork.
The European Union is currently debating the legal status of intelligent robots, and whether they ought to be given a new classification of 'electronic persons'.
Perhaps communication robots can one day help people express their views on having a robot in their life.
This will be the year when the Internet of Things becomes intelligent -- and useful.
From the discovery of gravitational waves, to the Pokémon Go phenomenon to the Census debacle, it's been a big year in science and technology.
Rebel fighters in the latest Star Wars movie are helped by a droid that was captured from the enemy and reprogrammed. Could that happen in real life with today's autonomous weapons?
The centenary of Natsume Soseki’s death this year is being marked by numerous events, not least his resurrection in robotic form.
About one in every five election-related tweets was generated by software, not humans – millions of tweets by hundreds of thousands of 'social bots.'
While students enjoy learning with robots, research finds that teachers are more sceptical – worrying about their job security and technical capabilities of robots.
In 'Westworld's' land of robots, it's the people who lack humanity.
The vision that AI will either end or save humankind is buoyed in the tech world because it feeds egos. What we really should worry about is humans.
The claim: Robotics will lead to mass unemployment. The reality: Productivity will grow, but not idle or leisure time.
New HBO series reimagines a group of life-like robots programmed with hope but marred in violence. They might be more human than we think.
Most ocean species start out as larvae drifting with currents. Using underwater robots, scientists have found that larvae use swimming motions to affect their course and reach suitable places to grow.
Making the mechanical more human.
In a world where robots work better than humans, how will we cope? We need to rethink our jobs-based economy.
Doing favours is a basic feature of human society – but can robots join in?