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Morning Edition

SXSW Debuts Robot Petting Zoo For A Personal Peek Into The Future

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Robots are coming — in fact they're already here. One exhibit at the South by Southwest interactive festival lets visitors get up close and personal to our future overlords.

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Morning Edition

Amazon Unleashes Robot Army To Send Your Holiday Packages Faster

Monday, December 01, 2014

In its endless quest to get goods to customers fast, Amazon has hired squads of speedy robots. In warehouses where human "pickers" walked miles a day, machines now zip shelves of goods back and forth.

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Weekly Innovation: Your New Pet Robot

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Jr., a consumer robot in development, could soon be an extra set of eyes and ears in your home. Each Jr. adapts uniquely to its owner. But if you ignore it, Jr. may start avoiding you.

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The Takeaway

America's Highest-Paid Female CEO Won't Discriminate Against AI Clones

Monday, September 22, 2014

Martine Rothblatt doesn't fear prejudice. She's a transgendered woman. Two of her hallmark creations were first rejected. Now she's turned her efforts to "mind clones"—and their rights. 

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The Takeaway

Why Cockroaches Make Good Robots

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Scientists have found an unusual partner to potentially help find people caught under rubble or monitor conditions in hard to reach places: The much-maligned cockroach.

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On The Media

Our Universal Robots

Friday, August 08, 2014

The word 'robot' first appeared in 1920 in Karel Čapek's play, Rossum's Universal Robots. Since then, intelligent machines have starred countless times in novels and films. Brooke talks with professor Jay P. Telotte about the ways our fears and fascinations with robots are reflected in culture. 

Music: Calexico - Attack El Robot! Attack! Special thanks to @bartona104 (Julia Barton) 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

Our Universal Robots

Friday, April 18, 2014

The word 'robot' first appeared in 1920 in Karel Čapek's play, Rossum's Universal Robots. Since then, intelligent machines have starred countless times in novels and films. Brooke talks with professor Jay P. Telotte about the ways our fears and fascinations with robots are reflected in culture. 

Music: Calexico - Attack El Robot! Attack! Special thanks to @bartona104 (Julia Barton) for the suggestion on Twitter!

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Morning Edition

When Robots Can Kill, It's Unclear Who Will Be To Blame

Friday, March 21, 2014

The Pentagon's Defense Department Research Agency — DARPA — is pushing to build a semi-autonomous search and rescue robot. But scientists see obvious dual uses, for war.

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All Things Considered

With Google's Robot-Buying Binge, A Hat Tip To The Future

Monday, March 17, 2014

The price and difficulty of building robots has fallen, and Google has scooped a half-dozen robotics firms. It's a safe bet that bots will be an increasing part of our workplaces and daily lives.

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All Things Considered

Computers That Know What You Need, Before You Ask

Monday, March 17, 2014

Programs — some already on your smartphone — are preparing useful information based on your past behavior, ushering in the era of predictive, or anticipatory, computing.

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Drone It To Me, Baby

Friday, August 30, 2013

Drones are for spying, right? Right. But if Jasper van Loenen's idea works, drones will also become private moving vans. Crows won't like this. Trees won't like this. I'm not sure I like this. But you've got to see Jasper's instant-drone deliver a bicycle wheel across campus ...

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New Tech City

Meet Atlas: The Pentagon's 'Freakily Lifelike' Robot

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

The Defense Department has long teamed up with technology firms to create weapons and vehicles like fighter jets. One of its latest projects is a bipedal robot called Atlas that can walk, run, jump and climb and could be the future of disaster response on and off the battlefield.

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Radiolab

Flash Event May 30: Krulwich, nanobots, and neurosurgery

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Join us tonight (May 30), at 8pm ET right here on radiolab.org to watch, live chat, and geek out about nanotechnology -- and finally see what Robert Krulwich looks like when he's not on the radio. Find out more here...

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Pedestrian Danger; NCAA; Stuy-Town; Childhood in NYC

Thursday, April 04, 2013

A new study found that the majority of pedestrians struck in New York City were hit while in a crosswalk. Matt Flegenheimer of the New York Times explains the other findings on driver, cyclist and pedestrian safety. Plus: New York Magazine's Will Leitch on Kevin Ware's injury and the firing of Rutgers coach Mike Rice; Charles Bagli discusses his new book on the financial collapse of Stuyvesant Town-Peter Cooper Village; and your calls on childhood in New York.

Could This Robot Save Your Job?

Saturday, March 09, 2013

Baxter is billed by his makers as a "collaborative manufacturing robot." It can work alongside humans to do simple, repetitive tasks. While some analysts fear that automation like this will kill jobs, Baxter's inventor says such robots could preserve jobs by helping the U.S. remain competitive.

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Seeking A 'Field Of Dreams' For A Rising Drone Industry

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Drone developers in upstate New York and other regions are striving to be named official testing sites for drones as the FAA creates regulations for their use. They hope to emerge as the Silicon Valleys of unmanned aerial systems, attracting billions of dollars and thousands of jobs.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Chris Anderson's Vision

Friday, February 15, 2013

Chris Anderson, CEO of 3D Robotics and former editor of Wired, discusses his drone company and cross-border labor issues. Plus: a follow-up on 3D printing, which got a mention during President Obama's State of the Union speech this week.

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The Takeaway

Meet Baxter, A Revolutionary Robot For The Workplace

Thursday, September 20, 2012

For the past four years, Rodney Brooks has been working on a new robot, named Baxter, that could revolutionize manufacturing in the United States. This week his Boston start-up company, Rethink Robotics, unveiled the robot.

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The Takeaway

Are Robots the Future of Telecommuting?

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

From the Jetsons, to Star Wars, to the adorable WALL-E, robots have long been part of the American imagination. But as reporter Rachel Emma Silverman recently discovered, robots are becoming a part of the American reality in the workplace.

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