Evolutionary biologist Dr. Ben Garrod and electronics engineer Professor Danielle George explore if machines built to enhance our lives could one day become our greatest rivals. They will meet the trailblazing machines, the earliest robot specimens, and their most advanced descendants, to discover where this rapidly emerging ‘species’ is heading, and what that means for all of us.
Hyper Evolution: Rise of the Robots
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01: Rise of the Humanoids
Ben meets one of the most human like robots in the world: the disarmingly charming Erica. She might be warm to the touch, but her sense of humor falls decidedly flat. He also visits the fearsome Eric, the U.K.’s first robot. Danielle meets an early pioneer of robotic movement, who led the way for robots to take over the workplace, and meets the latest breed of robots at Boston Dynamics.
02: Can a Robot be a Person?
In this episode, Professor Danielle George and Dr. Ben Garrod investigate whether robots will ever become our friends, if we should trust them with our lives, and if one day they will even become conscious. Ben visits the first attempt to make a robotic brain with a rudimentary awareness of its surroundings, before meeting its most advanced descendant: the driverless car.