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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.
Humans and their technologies have evolved together over time. Anton Jankovoy / Shutterstock.com

As a human, I don’t do technology. I am technology

What does it mean to be a responsible, mature and wise technological being? Our future lies in seeking real answers to this type of question.
Navdeep Bains, Canada’s innovation, science and economic development minister, takes part in a technology event in Ottawa in May 2017. The Canadian government has started up a $1.26-billion fund to support innovation-related business investments. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Is there too much emphasis on STEM fields at universities?

If leaders of educational institutions are concerned about the employability of graduates, they should avoid over-investing in STEM subjects and stop snubbing liberal arts.
The iPhone X’s big new features come with a high price tag. AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

Will the iPhone X be a hit beyond Apple diehards? 3 questions answered

Apple's latest iPhone sold out within minutes of its launch, but questions still remain about whether that pace of demand will continue and, if so, whether the company's supply chain will be able to keep up.
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?

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