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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.

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?

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?

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?

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?

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.

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?

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?

Biobots

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

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?