Hyper Evolution: Rise of the Robots

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 is rated 2.0 out of 5 by 2.
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Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not "evolution"; rather "Intelligent design". With an awkward script and a rather concocted premise, this two-parter has a hard time going anywhere. Does a trained biologist really believe the term "evolution" is appropriate to advances in robotics? Surely he is familiar with the refutable arguments of those who argue for intelligent design in biology, yet misses how appropriate it would be in the advance of robotics. And she keeps calling them a "new species"? Someone wrote a script for them around an idea for entertainment rather than what is actually going on. It is nice to hear about some of the many beneficial uses of robots. There was only cursory discussion of worker displacement - ironically as if these workers were simply units that were discarded for new ones built for another task. And there is almost no serious discussion of the potentially real adverse consequences of rapidly developing AI robotics. "We" don't decide what "they" will come up with when designing agents of warfare, for example.
Date published: 2021-08-10
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Who doesn't love robots? OK, Lots of robo content. But the writing is really bad. Here's a quote "Robots now follow their own path instead of following our own" in reference to evolution. Are you kidding? The entire premise of linking technological innovation to evolution is bogus. Dr. what his name is afraid of robots - really?
Date published: 2021-07-06
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Overview

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.

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Rise of the Humanoids

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.

57 min
Can a Robot be a Person?

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.

58 min