Ep 323: Robots orbiting the Earth



Robots orbiting the Earth

We’re combining and continuing our episodes on robots, automation, space and space travel with a look at what robots have been up to while orbiting our planet.
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Ep 322: Robots, saving lives and curing cancer



Robots, saving lives and curing cancer

With a side trip to the largest robots in the world, we talk about robots used for search and rescue, and some very small robots being developed to fight illness.
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Ep 321: The robot apocalypse is nigh



The robot apocalypse is nigh

In honor of Halloween, we get just a little bit spooky this week. With more and more robots in the world, and with said robots becoming smarter over time, what happens if they turn against us and start to harm humans? In fact, it has already happened.
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Ep 320: Should robots think for themselves?



Should robots think for themselves?

We get to robot brains today, including an early neural network, made from analog circuits, instead of digital.
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Ep 318: Much to say about nothing



Much to say about nothing

The discovery of vacuum was strangely pivotal in the history of science and technology. From steam engines to electronics, we talk about the power of nothing.
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Ep 317: Pumps, plumbing, and weird water



Pumps, plumbing, and weird water

One of the earliest things humanity automated was the moving of liquids—irrigation, draining mines, and removal of waste. From five-thousand years ago to today, we take a look at pumps, plumbing, and some of the weirdness of water.
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Ep 315: Wires, springs, and mechanical marvels



Wires, springs, and mechanical marvels

Along with the beginnings of springs and wire, we take a look at some more automatons. Included is the 18th century chess playing mechanical Turk.
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Ep 314: Ancient robots



Ancient robots

Starting more than 2000 years ago, people have been creating machines that resemble animals and humans. Powered by water, compressed air, springs or falling weights, these automatons thrilled and amazed spectators.
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