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Moral Bioenhancements Part Two

 Moral Bioenhancements Part Two

If you could make the world a better place by removing the ability for people to make selfish choices, would you do it? We continue the conversation. See more »

Moral Bioenhancements Part One

 Moral Bioenhancements Part One

If you could make the world a better place by removing the ability for people to make selfish choices, would you do it? See more »

Cyborg Slugs and Synthetic Stingrays

 Cyborg Slugs and Synthetic Stingrays

We explore the wonderful, terrifying world of combining technology and organic material. From robots with slug muscles to an artificial stingray, what's up with cyborgs? See more »

Mama Bots Having Baby Bots

 Mama Bots Having Baby Bots

The team talks about an experiment in the UK in which a robotic arm built, tested and redesigned other robots. Will machines take over the manufacturing world? See more »

DARPA Robotics Challenge Results

 DARPA Robotics Challenge Results

In early June, teams competed to control a robot that could respond to a simulated emergency situation. What did the robots have to do and who won? See more »

Robots Getting Social

 Robots Getting Social

What is social intelligence and can a robot possess it? We take a look at an emerging field of robotics and how challenging it is to make a machine that can socially interact with humans. See more »

What happens when a robot breaks the law?

 What happens when a robot breaks the law?

As machine intelligence becomes more complex, our machines will increasingly behave in ways that surprise us. What happens when one of them does something that we find socially, legally or even morally unacceptable? See more »

Will robots steal our jobs?

 Will robots steal our jobs?

Are robots going to take our jobs? Will we just get new jobs? And will it be a smooth transition? See more »

Biobots

 Biobots

Building robots is hard. What if we just created an army of cyborg cockroaches? Guess what? We are! See more »

Self-Reconfiguring Modular Robots GO!

 Self-Reconfiguring Modular Robots GO!

What if you could own a big robot made up of thousands of smaller robots, and it was able to change its shape in order to complete various tasks. Sounds crazy, right? Well you’d be surprised to learn that this is actually a real thing – Self Reconfigurable Modular Robotics! From the m-blocks at MIT, to the kilobots at Harvard, there are already examples of these robots in the real world, and these little guys stand to make a BIG impact! See more »