Radiolab | Talking to machines

March 26, 2012

Radiolab | We begin with a love story — from a man who unwittingly fell in love with a chatbot on an online dating site. Then, we encounter a robot therapist whose inventor became so unnerved by its success that he pulled the plug.

And we talk to the man who coded Cleverbot, a software program that learns from every new line of conversation it receives… and that’s chatting with more than 3 million humans each month. Then, five intrepid kids help us test a hypothesis about a toy designed to push our buttons, and play on our human empathy.

And we meet a robot built to be so sentient that its creators hope it will one day have a consciousness, and a life, all its own.

Wikipedia | Radiolab is a radio program produced by WNYC, a public radio station in New York City, and broadcast on public radio stations in the United States. The show is nationally syndicated and is available as a podcast.

Hosted by Jad Abumrad and Robert Krulwich, the show focuses on topics of a scientific and philosophical nature. The show attempts to approach broad, difficult topics such as “time” and “morality” in an accessible and light-hearted manner and with a distinctive audio production style.

Radiolab received a 2007 National Academies Communication Award “for their imaginative use of radio to make science accessible to broad audiences.” Nine seasons of five episodes each have been produced; the tenth season is currently airing.

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