ROBOTS: Could Robots Replace Animals?

ROBOTS: Could Robots Replace Animals?

By Rose Eveleth

Today’s episode is the last of our FOUR PART MINI SEASON SERIES AND SHOW FINALE [airhorn noises]. This week we’re headed to a future where humans share our robotic knowledge with the rest of the animal kingdom—for better, and for worse.




Dr. Kate Darling, a researcher at the MIT Media Lab and author of The New Breed: What Our History with Animals Reveals about Our Future with Robots. Emma Marris, a journalist and author of a book called Wild Souls: Freedom and Flourishing in the Non-Human World. Dr. Giovanni Polverino, an animal behavior researcher at The University of Western Australia. Dr. Rae Wynn Grant, a wildlife ecologist and host of the podcast Going Wild.

Voice Actors:

Rachael Deckard: Richelle Claiborne Malik: Henry Alexander Kelly Summer: Shara Kirby Ashoka: Anjali Kunapaneni Eliza: Chelsey B Coombs Dorothy Levitt: Tamara Krinsky John Dee: Keith Houston Dr. Jane de Vaucanson: Jeffrey Nils Gardner

X Marks the Bot theme song written by Ilan Blanck.

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Flash Forward is hosted by, Rose Eveleth and produced by Julia Llinas Goodman. The intro music is by Asura and the outro music is by Hussalonia. The episode art is by Mattie Lubchansky.

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