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.
Welcome to your future.
Robots are currently used by police for bomb disposal. Future versions will be much more sophisticated.
Robots are a twin-edged sword. Used badly, they may one day perpetrate genocide and war crimes. Used well, they can prevent them.
Robots are advancing exponentially while human learning occurs at a much slower pace.
Jobs are not created or lost because of a single technology, but because of the business models designed to leverage the power of it.
Kyle Tingly as Star Wars droid C3PO while braving heavy rain at a 4th of July Parade Georgia, USA, in 2015.
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When it comes to robotics, the future is not two-legged.
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The development of robots' capacities and their increasing presence in companies isn't just a matter of technology. It also profoundly changes the strategies, structures and human skills required.
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The rise of robots and new technology threatens to take over many jobs, but just how many is still up for debate.
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An expert in artificial intelligence believes we're not ready for the challenges posed by Saudi Arabia granting a robot citizenship. Key questions about robot identity and rights remain unanswered.
Detail from Divide 2011 by Sam Jinks. Mixed media, 86 x 60 cm,
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The quest to create a robot that is indistinguishable from humans has become all-consuming for some scientists, engineers and technicians. The consequences could be both beneficial and catastrophic.
When everyone’s out of a job, will workers unite?
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?
Pharmacists aren’t just dispensing machines.
A new productivity report has suggested automated dispensing machines could replace pharmacists.
Why do roboticists dream of electric women?
Visitors look at digital light effects by Japan based digital art group teamLab during a Taiwan art exhibition in February 2017.
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How culture can inform technological innovations.
They call me the digital lizard.
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The automation wave is coming for computer programmers – up to a point.
Science fiction prepares us to deal with certain technologies as they arise in the real world.
The original ‘Blade Runner’ took place in a dreary, dystopian Los Angeles in 2019.
The relationship between corporations, machines and humans defines modern life in ways that Ridley Scott – even in his wildest dreams – couldn't have imagined.
Soft robotics could help move us closer to more human-like robots.
Humans and computers are collaborating to create a new genre of 'synthetic literature'. But how does it work and can a computer ever really be creative?
Megabots, coming soon to sports channels?
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US and Japanese tech companies are building fighting megabots to kicktstart what they envisage as a sporting franchise on the scale of Formula 1.
Where are all the people in this factory?
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The Industrial Revolution led to centuries of social and economic upheaval. Are economists telling us not to worry about workplace automation because things will be better in a couple hundred years?