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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

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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The Takeaway

A Less-Than-Best Hotel, Horrible Robots, and Cult Members on the Loose

Friday, March 06, 2015

In this week's podcast, Rafer and Kristen review "Chappie" and "The Second Best Marigold Hotel." They also dive into Tina Fey's new Netflix series, "The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt." 
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On The Media

I Am a Real Person

Friday, January 23, 2015

When Time Washington bureau chief Michael Scherer got a call from a telemarketer, he knew the voice on the other end of the line wasn't right. She kept insisting she was, in fact, human.

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New Tech City

What to Do When Robots Replace People You Work With

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

Sure, you could use an app instead of a personal trainer (or travel agent or accountant) but you pay a price for your savings. 

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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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BBC Future

Are We Ready for the Rise of Social Robots?

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

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These days, attention is focused on robots which we can talk to, socialize with, and live alongside.

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The Takeaway

Robot Armies & The Future of War

Thursday, October 02, 2014

Scientists are making more intelligent war machines like drones that can land on their own. We may soon be making robot infantry that decide when or when not to kill—but should we?

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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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On The Media

Engineering Intelligence

Friday, August 08, 2014

Despite the technological leaps made in the realm of artificial intelligence, people often object to the idea that the minds of machines can ever replicate the minds of humans. But for engineers, the proof is in the processing. Brooke talks with Stanford lecturer and entrepreneur Jerry Kaplan about how the people who make robots view the field of AI. 

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On The Media

Robot Humor

Friday, August 08, 2014

We often think of robots as tools to make our lives easier. But what if they could also make our lives funnier?

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On The Media

Google's Robot Brigade

Friday, August 08, 2014

Google has scooped up more than a half dozen robot companies, but they are keeping mum about why they're acquiring these technologies.

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On The Media

#31 - Race Swap

Thursday, July 17, 2014

What happened when a black woman writer went online disguised as a white man? She got a lot fewer death threats, for one thing.

 

 

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On The Media

#29 - Olivia Taters, Robot Teenager

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

She may not always communicate in complete sentences, but she's convincing enough that teenagers actually converse with her. Also, she's very, very funny.

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On The Media

Robot Humor

Friday, April 18, 2014

We often think of robots as tools to make our lives easier. But what if they could also make our lives funnier?

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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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On The Media

Google's Robot Brigade

Friday, April 18, 2014

Google has recently scooped up more than a half dozen robot companies. Their specialties range from artificial limbs to 3D machine vision to scurrying insect-bots and humanoid soldiers. But Google has kept mum about why they're acquiring these technologies. Brooke talks with Henrik Christensen, a professor of robotics at Georgia Tech, about what Google might do with its new toys. 

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On The Media

Engineering Intelligence

Friday, April 18, 2014

Despite the technological leaps made in the realm of artificial intelligence, people often object to the idea that the minds of machines can ever replicate the minds of humans. But for engineers, the proof is in the processing. Brooke talks with Stanford lecturer and entrepreneur Jerry Kaplan about how the people who make robots view the field of AI. 

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