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Who's Controlling Whom?

13 Oct 2014, 15:02 UTC
Who's Controlling Whom?
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A single ant isn’t very brainy. But a group of ants can do remarkable things. Biological swarm behavior is one model for the next generation of tiny robots. Of course, biology can get hijacked: a fungus can seize control of an ant’s brain, for example. So will humans always remain the boss of super-smart, swarming machines?We discuss the biology of zombie ants and how to build robots that self-assemble and work together. Also, how to guarantee the moral behavior of future ‘bots.


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And, do you crave cupcakes? Research suggests that gut bacteria control what we eat and how we feel.    

Guests:
•   David Hughes – Biologist, entomologist, Penn State University
•   Mike Rubenstein – Roboticist, Self-Organizing Systems Research Group, Harvard University
•   Wendell Wallach – Bioethicist, chair, Technology and Ethics Study Group, Yale University’s Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics


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•   Athena Aktipis – Cooperation theorist, Arizona State University and director of Human and Social Evolution, Center for Evolution and Cancer, University of California, San Francisco

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