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Can robots provide a human touch for elderly people?

Life in a retirement home can be lonely. Until you meet the robot caregiver, who roams the halls checking in with elderly residents. The question: Is eldercare something we want (or trust) a robot to do?

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Can we track Covid-19 without tracking people?

Contact tracing is one of the best weapons we have to contain a pandemic. But can it defeat the disease without spying on people who might carry it?

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Can you trust what you see?

Deepfake videos use AI to generate hyper-realistic clips of people saying things they didn’t say or doing things they’d never do. How can we prevent our reality from being swayed by this weapon of mass deception?

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New season begins October 14

In Season 2: Robot caregivers, video games that replace the SAT; VR to heal trauma; and much more!

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The utopia and the dystopia.

A question that will determine the future of our lives online … and off.

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What if you could live to 200?

Postponing death: The technology that prompts us to ask some of the biggest questions of all.

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A future where animal products come from cell cultures.

A nonprofit is working toward a post-animal bioeconomy. But does meat grown in a lab really take animals out of the picture?

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A new tech can change your voice – to anything you want.

Modulate could help people use a voice that represents who they truly are – but what’s real if you can’t trust what you hear?

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What would you do to end a disease?

With new tech, you can change the DNA of an entire species – but can anyone ever fully understand the risks?

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What is the inventor’s responsibility?

3DR and DIY Drones want to share open-source drone technology with everyone – but troubling use cases have emerged.

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What if you could travel faster than the speed of sound?

This supersonic plane could be the biggest disruption to air travel since the Jet Age. But progress always has a price.

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What if your computer could read your face?

Affectiva is an AI tool that can detect universal emotions. It could make tech more “human” – but could it also invade our inner lives?

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What happens when we remove the human therapist from therapy?

Woebot uses AI to guide users through a therapy session anytime, anywhere. It could increase access to mental health and reduce the stigma – no human therapist required.

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If you could learn as fast as a kid again, would you?

The Halo headset stimulates your brain as you learn. Right now its use is limited to physical learning (athletes and musicians use it), but someday it could help anyone master anything. Would that be fair?

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