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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
Producers: Liz Garbus, Karen K H Sim
Water, salt and music form a mesmerising visualisation of sound waves
Sex and sexuality
What does the Dutch model of comprehensive, ‘shame-free’ sex-ed look like?
Film and visual culture
A Palme d’Or-winning animation toys with the way our eyes perceive light
How a self-taught autistic artist mines creativity from life’s endless variations
Nature and landscape
An afternoon with hobbyist diamond miners in Arkansas is a thing of rare beauty
What can a Kurosawa classic tell us about reality, knowledge and truth?
Witness the majesty of moths taking flight at 6,000 frames per second
Jocelyn Bell discovered pulsars. The Nobel Prize went to her supervisor
Animals and humans
A bluesy ballad tells the story of Old Bet, the first circus elephant in the US