Beyond Human

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  • 2008
  • 1 Season

As people become more intelligent and technology progresses at an exponential rate, the idea of artificial intelligence becomes more and more prominent. Robots open up a whole new dimension of ethics and questions about humanity's place in the universe. Can the progress of robots be stopped before they outstrip human capabilities, and what does their existence say about the human race as a whole?

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Erasing the Line Between Man and Machine
9. Erasing the Line Between Man and Machine
September 1, 2008
Like it or not, technology is increasingly blurring blurring the difference between humans and their machines. A new age of Cyborgs and Androids may well be upon us.
Robot Soccer
8. Robot Soccer
September 1, 2008
To promote the rapid evolution of robots, one audacious group of researchers decided to start a worldwide robotic soccer competition. How soon before they challenge humans?
Can a Robot be a Person?
7. Can a Robot be a Person?
September 1, 2008
As robots begin to move among us, how will we regard them: as property like automobiles, or as individuals with rights and responsibilities? Can a thing be a person?
Emotion Machines
6. Emotion Machines
September 1, 2008
If tomorrow's robots are going to share our world, they will have to have something extra: an emotional and psychological dimension to help them communicate and respond in ways people can understand.
Designing Humanoids
5. Designing Humanoids
September 1, 2008
To build a humanoid that can function in our world is a bold challenge being taken up by isolated labs around the world. Researchers are infusing robots with abilities ranging from grasping to hearing and vision.
The Age of Androids
4. The Age of Androids
September 1, 2008
Imagine a day when machines walk among us, expressing thoughts, emotions, demanding their rights. Today, we are breathing intelligence, even life, into creatures of silicon and steel.
The Cyborg Mind
3. The Cyborg Mind
September 1, 2008
As we steadily merge with our technology, the focus is on devices that enhance our senses and minds and knit us together in new ways.
The Merger of Man and Machine
2. The Merger of Man and Machine
September 1, 2008
Science fiction has returned again and again to the merger of man and machine, the Cyborg, with fascination and fear.
The Cyborg Revolution
1. The Cyborg Revolution
September 1, 2008
Over the centuries, scientists speculated that we could tap into the body's electrical system to restore lost functions or enhance our powers, like machines.
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As people become more intelligent and technology progresses at an exponential rate, the idea of artificial intelligence becomes more and more prominent. Robots open up a whole new dimension of ethics and questions about humanity's place in the universe. Can the progress of robots be stopped before they outstrip human capabilities, and what does their existence say about the human race as a whole?

  • Premiere Date
    September 1, 2008