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Liar Robot

4 minutes

How do you get a robot to seem more like a human? You make it a liar robot

Popular culture is awash in stories of humanoid robots gone wrong. As we transition to a world where human-robot interactions are part of everyday life, how can we create robots we find trustworthy and that act more like us? According to Brian Scassellati, professor of computer science at Yale’s Social Robotics Laboratory, getting people to interact naturally with chunks of plastic is an ongoing challenge, but making them small-time cheats might actually be a good start.

Director: Liz Garbus

Producer: Liz Garbus, Karen K H Sim

Video/Music

What happens when rock stardom doesn’t quite work out?

10 minutes

ORIGINAL
Video/Values & Beliefs

Why we need to move empathy from personal emotion to collective moral concern

5 minutes

Video/Demography & Migration

On the US-Mexico border, loved ones on both sides can see each other but cannot touch

12 minutes

Video/Agriculture

One man’s quixotic quest to bring American bison to his Scottish homeland

16 minutes

Essay/Data & Information

The bit bomb

It took a polymath to pin down the true nature of ‘information’. His answer was both a revelation and a return

Rob Goodman & Jimmy Soni

Idea/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

Quantum cryptography is unbreakable. So is human ingenuity

Joshua Holden

Video/Making

How to build a no-frills protected bed in the wild, from top to bottom

7 minutes

Essay/Technology & the Self

Natural, shmatural

Mother Nature might be lovely, but moral she is not. She doesn’t love us or want what’s best for us

Molly Hodgdon

Idea/Computing & Artificial Intelligence

The body is the missing link for truly intelligent machines

Ben Medlock