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Will the AI on AI treaty ensure robots don't abuse other robots?

There has long been concern about how we might protect humans against malevolent robots, but how do we protect robots from robots?

You're going to want to thank your grandmother's robot

When Emi Sasagawa’s family got her ageing grandmother a robot companion, she didn’t know how useful it would be.

When cars can drive themselves, who will program their morality?

Out in the Open takes a ride in the University of Waterloo’s autonomous vehicle.

Can a robot love you back?

Dr. Hooman Samani coined the term lovotics, the study of whether we can love robots...and whether robots can love us.

Roll over Beethoven, robot composers might be coming after your job

You might think real creativity is the exclusive domain of humanity, but researchers are pushing closer to artificial intelligence that can make real art.

Me, my wife and our sex robot

She can control the music and entertain the kids. Oh, and you can have sex with her — as long as she’s in the mood.

How a teen with autism found a friend in Siri

Judith Newman found that her son’s conversations with the iPhone personal assistant translated into more facility in talking to actual humans.
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Can Robots Be Human?

We often talk about technology as a matter of threat versus convenience. But now more than ever, it's encroaching on the things that make us... us. This week, Piya asks: Can robots be human?

Two parents fight to remove their child's name from Canada's 'no-fly list'

Sulemaan Ahmed and Khadija Cajee share the inconveniences and the real fears they have for their now eight-year-old child, who is on Canada's 'no-fly list'.

'Anything can happen to me': Why this woman in Canada might be blacklisted from Iran

Ava Homa is an Iranian exile living in Canada. For her, there are definite signs it isn’t safe for her to return to her homeland, but she says her exile might be easier if there were a list she could actually see.

Football player speaks up after the Waterloo steroid scandal that cost him his dream

In 2010, Matt Socholotiuk found himself in the centre of one of Canadian Varsity football’s biggest steroid scandals. After being caught for taking Human Growth Hormone, he was banned from playing football for three years. Ultimately, this would cost him his dream of playing in the CFL.

She might be blacklisted from Iran, but not knowing for certain is what causes the most pain

Ava Homa is an Iranian exile living in Canada. For her, there are definite signs it isn’t safe for her to return to her homeland, but she says her exile might be easier if there were a list she could actually see.

Two parents fight to remove their child's name from Canada's 'no-fly list'

Sulemaan Ahmed and Khadija Cajee share the inconveniences and the real fears they have for their now eight-year-old child, who is on Canada's 'no-fly list'.

Court-imposed 'red zones' separate vulnerable people from social services, say outreach workers

When Mary was released from jail a few years ago after a drug charge, a court prohibited her from returning to her neighbourhood. Inside that neighbourhood were her homeless shelter, methadone clinic and welfare office.

'I was blocked by the President of the United States on Twitter'

Three different people from different backgrounds talk about their experiences being blocked by Donald Trump on Twitter and what it has ultimately meant for them.

What it's like being a registered sex offender in Canada: 'For me it's a sickness'

‘Louis’ sexually abused four children. Now, he’s trying to make sure he never does it again.
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Blacklisted

It's one thing to feel left out and excluded from opportunities. But what happens when you're officially cut out or cut off? Piya will speak with people who've been blacklisted... from an athlete banned from playing football because he was caught doping, to the parents of an eight-year-old on Canada's "no fly list".

'Trump giveth and Trump taketh away,' says maker of bomb shelters

Ron Hubbard is in the dread industry. His company builds personal nuclear fallout bunkers for everything from people worried about the rapture to North Korea.

'To call myself Canadian would speak to the success of residential schools'

Three Indigenous people reflect on the word ‘Canadian’ and what fuels their individual choice to acknowledge or reject the term in how they identify.

'Trump giveth and Trump taketh away,' says maker of bomb shelters

Ron Hubbard is in the dread industry. His company builds personal nuclear fallout bunkers for everything from people worried about the rapture to North Korea.

'You're almost naked up there': What terrifies one comedian about stand-up is also what draws her in

Comedian Danita Steinberg's dread starts the morning of every show. She even thinks about cancelling. But she doesn't because what she dreads about stand-up comedy is precisely what she loves about it.

Radio host quits job over chronic dread, then decides to face her fears head-on

Courtenay Hameister constantly lived with dread and anxiety. Eventually, she quit her amazing job because of it. But she didn't want to continue missing out on opportunities, so she made a decision to face her everyday fears for an entire year.

'I was so destroyed inside. I couldn't even fake it': From breakdown to breakthrough

Joey Laguio got really good at harnessing his dread by pushing himself to be the perfect student. It worked really well for a while until he had a breakdown. He was jobless, bed-ridden and felt he’d lost everything. It was then that he realized he had to find another way to deal with his anxiety and dread.

'Trump giveth and Trump taketh away,' says maker of bomb shelters

Ron Hubbard is in the dread industry. His company builds personal nuclear fallout bunkers for everything from people worried about the rapture to North Korea.

Knowing you will lose your vision but not knowing exactly when

At thirteen years of age, Kirsty James was diagnosed with Stargardt disease, a genetic disease that leads to vision loss. She lived in fear and denial for years, knowing that one day she would eventually lose her sight.