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The Takeaway

Is Technology Our Friend or Foe?

Friday, April 17, 2015

Technology: sometimes it helps us to stay connected. Sometimes it makes us a little too connected...or not connected enough. 
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Studio 360

"Ex Machina" Director Alex Garland Says, Love Your Robot

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Writer-director Alex Garland talks about his new movie and why sex with robots is fine by him.

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Studio 360

Sexy Robots

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Sorting out the pros and cons of starting an intimate relationship with a robot.  

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The Takeaway

Watson: The Culinary Computer

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Sure, IBM's artificially intelligent computer system, Watson, can win Jeopardy. But can he make dinner?

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The Takeaway

Actor Oscar Isaac on the Robert Takeover

Friday, April 10, 2015

Oscar Isaac, star of "Inside Llewyn Davis," "A Most Violent Year," and the upcoming "Star Wars" films, talks about his newest role in "Ex Machina."

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On The Media

We Don't Want to Be Prevented From Posting Drunken Facebook Photos

Friday, December 12, 2014

The Facebook Artificial Intelligence Lab is working to prevent users from posting drunken photos. But do we want that? And will it even work?
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New Tech City

Type "Hello" To Amy, Your Plucky Digital Personal Assistant

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Your friends won't know she's a robot, but you will save tons of time. The question is: when to fess up that "she" is not real.

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Money Talking

An Anthropologist Walks Into a Bar in Silicon Valley

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Software engineers and venture capitalists aren't the only ones interested in technology. Turns out anthropologists are finding their way to Silicon Valley, too. 

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On The Media

The Army's Robot Recruiter

Friday, August 08, 2014

Sergeant Star is a chatbot designed to influence potential recruits to enlist. Alex Goldman of our podcast TLDR wasn't sure how he felt about that, so he talked to the Army and a reporter who's covered recruitment abuses to consider the pros and cons of deploying a Siri to guide our decision to go to war. 

This story originally appeared in a longer form on the TLDR Podcast. If you would like to hear a longer version of this story and Alex's update with Dave Maass of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, follow this link.

Music: Kraftwerk - Pocket Calculator. Special thanks to @M0X1 (Mo Xie) for the suggestion on Twitter!

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The Greene Space

On-Demand Video: WNYC Science Fair, Vol. 3 - Robots and Artificial Intelligence

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

How far have we come in developing artificial intelligence?

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On The Media

The Army's Robot Recruiter

Friday, April 18, 2014

Sergeant Star is a chatbot designed to influence potential recruits to enlist. Alex Goldman of our podcast TLDR wasn't sure how he felt about that, so he talked to the Army and a reporter who's covered recruitment abuses to consider the pros and cons of deploying a Siri to guide our decision to go to war. 

This story originally appeared in a longer form on the TLDR Podcast. If you would like to hear a longer version of this story and Alex's update with Dave Maass of the Electronic Frontier Foundation, follow this link.

Music: Kraftwerk - Pocket Calculator. Special thanks to @M0X1 (Mo Xie) for the suggestion on Twitter!

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The Takeaway

A New Era of Robotics & Artificial Intelligence

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Last night, scientists, roboticists and ethicists gathered in New York City to discuss the very nature of robotic progression. As artificial intelligence makes a larger space within our lives, how will human behavior evolve with the inclusion of intelligent robotics? Joining The Takeaway to talk about the future of human interaction with robots are Heather Knight is a social roboticist and researcher at Carnegie Mellon, and Wendell Wallach, a lecturer at the Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics at Yale University.

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The Takeaway

Robots and Hollywood: Fact Vs. Fiction

Thursday, January 30, 2014

As scientists and technology companies begin developing robots and incorporating robotics technologies into our every day lives, will our Hollywood understanding ring true in reality?

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Radiolab

The Turing Problem

Monday, March 19, 2012

Alan Turing's mental leaps about machines and computers were some of the most innovative ideas of the 20th century. But the world wasn't kind to him. In this short, Robert wonders how Turing's personal life shaped his understanding of mechanical minds and human emotions.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

The Most Human Human

Monday, April 04, 2011

Brian Christian looks at how computers are reshaping our ideas of what it means to be human and tells about his experience participating in the annual Turing Test, which pits artificial intelligence programs against humans. The Most Human Human: What Talking with Computers Teaches Us About What It Means to Be Alive gives an account of his participation in the Turing Test, and he examines the philosophical, bio­logical, and moral issues it raises.

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Studio 360

Special Guest: Rodney Brooks

Saturday, August 21, 2004

Rodney Brooks is a scientist, professor, and director of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab. He is the inventor of many robots, including the Roomba, the intelligent vacuum cleaner. His latest book is Flesh and Machines.

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The Fembot Factor

Saturday, August 21, 2004

Most of the robots you know from the movies are male. There’s Robbie the Robot, C-3PO, Data the sensitive android on Star Trek, and the violent cyborgs of Terminator and Robocop. But what about the female robots? Writer Susie Bright has some thoughts on the ways ...

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Studio 360

Voyager

Saturday, August 21, 2004

The Voyager computer program is a powerful robot. It composes music — improvised, unpredictable music — using a virtual 64-piece orchestra. The Voyager’s inventor, George Lewis, improvises with his robotic partner, and creates music that we’d like to think only humans could make. Produced by Ted Panken.

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Studio 360

Commentary: Prognosticator of Pop

Saturday, January 10, 2004

Kurt looks at artificial intelligence applied to the world of pop music.

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Studio 360

ArtBots

Saturday, July 26, 2003

Can a hunk of metal and plastic learn to make art? The Robot Talent Show that took place in New York City two weekends ago featured several robots whose builders claim they actually...create. Produced by Trent Wolbe.

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