Rise of the Robots

How will human-like robots change our future and how we see ourselves? Airing February 24, 2016 at 9 pm on PBS Aired February 24, 2016 on PBS

Program Description

Machines are everywhere. They run our factory assembly lines and make our coffee. But humanoid robots—machines with human-like capabilities—have long been the stuff of science fiction. Until now. Fueled by an ambitious DARPA challenge, the race is on to design a robot that can replace humans in disaster relief situations. Follow the robots and the engineers that program them as they strive to make their way out of the lab and into the real world. But how capable are they, really? How close are we to a future where humanoid robots are part of our everyday lives? And what will the future look like with robots that can do a human’s job? NOVA investigates the cutting-edge technologies that are advancing robotics—and the enormous challenges that robots still face.

Broadcast Credits

WRITTEN, PRODUCED AND DIRECTED BY
Terri Randall
EDITED BY
Jedd Ehrmann
CAMERA
Joseph Friedman
Steve Golden
Dale West
Eric Anderson
Jason Longo
Mike Coles
Joseph Brunette
ASSOCIATE PRODUCER
Peggah Navab
ADDITIONAL CAMERA
William Howell
Lillie Paquette
Donika Jordan
Seungjoon Lee
SOUND RECORDISTS
Timothy Kitz
Dan Seiler
Keith Rodgerson
Frank DeAngelis
Dino DiStefano
Juan Fernandez
Pierre Bouchard
Eduardo Bejarano
Broatch Berry
Rick Prell
NARRATED BY
Craig Sechler
MUSIC
Scorekeepers
ANIMATION
Derek Breuer
Joshua Shawn Zimmerman
David Margolies
ONLINE EDIT
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Evan Anthony
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Sync Sound
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Tony Pipitone
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Leora Randall-Tavori
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Zak Prell
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A NOVA Production by Terri Randall Productions for WGBH Boston.

© 2016 WGBH Educational Foundation

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This program was produced by WGBH, which is solely responsible for its content.

Original funding for this program was provided by Google, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, the David H. Koch Fund for Science, the George D. Smith Fund and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

IMAGE

Image credit: (robot)
© DARPA

Participants

Ronald Arkin
Georgia Tech
Rodney Brooks
Rethink Robotics
Armando De La Rosa T.
Shadow Robot Company
Teresa Ghilarducci
Economist
Clément Gosselin
Laval University
Clark Haynes
Carnegie Mellon University
Dennis Hong
UCLA
Ayanna Howard
Georgia Tech
Matt Johnson
IHMC
Brett Kennedy
NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
Vijay Kumar
University of Pennsylvania
Gary Marcus
Geometric Intelligence
John Markoff
The New York Times
Eric Meyhofer
Carnegie Mellon University
Junho Oh
Paul Oh
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Gill Pratt
DARPA
Jerry Pratt
IHMC
Nicolaus Radford
Former JSC Valkyrie Team Leader
Peter Singer
New America Foundation
Siddhartha Srinivasa
Carnegie Mellon University
Tony Stentz
Carnegie Mellon University
Russ Tedrake
MIT
Sherry Turkle
MIT
Rich Walker
Shadow Robot Company

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Engineering a Robotic Future

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The Ethics of Robotics

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