robots

6:00pm

Mon December 8, 2014
Technology

Robotic seals comfort dementia patients but raise ethical concerns

Paro the seal, charging by its electronic pacifier
Angela Johnston

At the Livermore Veteran’s Hospital, there are a few animals residents can see: wild turkeys that run around the grounds, rattlesnakes that hide out in the dry grass, and therapy dogs that make weekly visits. But there’s one animal in particular that Bryce Lee is always happy to see: a baby harp seal.

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11:45pm

Mon February 4, 2013
Economy/Labor/Biz

Today on Your Call: Will Robots Take Your Job?


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5:26pm

Tue September 11, 2012
Arts & Culture

Web Exclusive: The most human robots in the world

YK Tsuchiya Shokai Doll Factory

Samsara is a new film that takes viewers around the world – from Burmese temples, sulfur mines, and hot-air balloon rides – all without a word of narration. One of the stops along the way was in Japan, where the directors encountered robot clones. What does that mean? KALW's Ben Trefny asked director Ron Fricke and producer Mark Magidson to explain. 

Click the audio player above to hear the answer. Audio available after 5pm. 

Listen to the full interview here