When thinking about cities of the future we get images of tall skyscrapers, flying vehicles, and robots everywhere. Right? Some of us do at least. Though that may come true one day, urban planners and technologists are looking at a much closer future. They’re looking at driverless cars as a big game changer in how cities work. What will driverless cars do to cities? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to find out.
Once you’ve bought everything you ever wanted from IKEA and watched everything on Netflix, what else is there possibly left to do? Well, you could go to space. NASA just put out a call for astronauts and were blown away by the results. Let’s tackle this news story with today’s big question: Who wants to go to space? Listen to this Question Your World radio report produced by the Science Museum of Virginia to find out.
Machines are everywhere. They run our factory assembly lines and make our coffee. But Robots – machines with human-like capabilities – have long been the stuff of science fiction. Until now.
Watch NOVA: Rise of the Robots February 24 at 9:00 p.m. on WCVE PBS/WHTJ PBS.
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.