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RCH patient, Miles, working with NAO. Alvin Aquino/RCH

Robots can help young patients engage in rehab

The advent of social robots is giving rise to new possibilities in paediatric health care. But will they replace human specialists?
Is this a vision of the future? Robot worker image via shutterstock.com

Are robots taking our jobs?

In the past, technology both destroyed and created jobs. Is that trend ending?
What are you thinking? Robots and humans working together need to understand – and even trust – each other. NASA Johnson/flickr

Can I trust my robot? And should my robot trust me?

People and machines need to be able to interact and communicate effectively. Right now we – and they – can't. But without that, we risk missing the potential benefits of collaboration.
A robot for an MP – who’d vote for that? Shutterstock/Mombo

Can we replace politicians with robots?

If a machine can write a speech for a politician, why not go the next step and replace the elected human with a programmed robot?
It takes time for a human to become good at diagnosing ailments, but that learning is lost when they retire. Shutterstock/Poprotskiy Alexey

Digital diagnosis: intelligent machines do a better job than humans

Humans can only do so much when it comes to diagnosing what's wrong with a patient. So why not let machines take over? They learn faster than humans and never retire.
Can a machine really think, be in awe and wonder? Shutterstock/Photobymhu

What does it mean to think and could a machine ever do it?

As machines get ever more complex as we strive to make them complete more complex tasks, it's time to ask again: will they ever be able to think? But what is thinking anyway?
Disney’s WALL.E needed to see all the rubbish on Earth so it could clean it up. AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy

How do robots ‘see’ the world?

Robots that can learn to 'see' the world around them -- and share their learning with other robots -- will lead the next revolution in robotics.

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