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February 23rd, 2015
Episode 205 of 489 episodes
This podcast was produced entirely by robots. Listen to see if you can tell the difference between it and our human episodes. Slow dialog: 1:31 Explanations: 3:49 Fast dialog: 18:10 Lauren: Wow, that was an impressive demonstration of how robots can be used in production. I think that we need robots like those to automate some of the functions in our factories. Yves: I admit the demonstration was eye-opening, but I don’t think the technology is there yet to allow us to replace people with robots. Lauren: No, not for many of the functions, but we could have them do some of the more routine and hazardous tasks. Yves: You mean have them work alongside our current workers? I’m not sure how our workers would take it. Wouldn’t the robots get in the way? Lauren: Not with their sophisticated sensors, which allow them to avoid other people or machines. Yves: I don’t know. Introducing automation would be tricky. Lauren: What’s important is that they’ll increase production and reduce accidents. The demonstration showed how easy it is to program one of those robots, even when fine calibration is required. Yves: I’m thinking of the people in the factories. Wouldn’t we have a riot on our hands if we tried to replace people with robots? Lauren: It’s the wave of the future. Yves: So you wouldn’t object to a robot replacing you? Lauren: Me? They’ll never replace me with a robot. I’m indispensable. Yves: Just like the typewriter? Script by Dr. Lucy Tse