What's Up With DARPA?

What is DARPA all about? We take a look at some of the R&D projects overseen by the organization.

Robot Avatars

Jonathan, Joe and Lauren answer a listener mail request. Could we use robots as avatars while we explore distant locations, even across the galaxy?

The Singularity Has Arrived

Last night, the Singularity arrived! Joe, Lauren and Jonathan talk about what we got right, what we got wrong and when to expect your next software patch.

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?

Tentacle Technology

Animals like squid, octopuses and jellyfish use strange, fascinating limbs to interact with the world. How can we take inspiration from the natural designs of these arms and tentacles to create robots, synthetic materials and even medicine?

The Future of Programmable Matter

Ever wish you could copy, share and edit 3D objects like you can with a Google doc? We take a close look at several visions of programmable matter, including ideas like claytronics: the robotic goop that could change our lives in weird and awesome ways.

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?


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?

How to Psychoanalyze a Robot