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Introduction: The Truth About Killer Robots (02:10)


The android Kodomoroid hosts this program. In Germany, workers discuss the death of a man as a result of a robot's actions. (Credits)

Manufacturing (04:26)

Journalist Sven Kuhling discusses the accident at the Volkswagen factory in Baunatal, Germany that killed a man. See a Volkswagen promo for robotic automation. German law will not consider the question of robotic guilt.

Manufacturing: Fraunhofer Institute (04:56)

Workers discuss the growth of automation. Christoph Walter leads a robot demonstration; the robot learns by example. Walter considers human/robot collaboration.

Manufacturing: Safety (03:03)

In 1942, Isaac Asimov writes "I, Robot," providing guidelines to protect human society. Sami Haddadin states that industrial robots are inherently unsafe; the next generation of robots is designed for interaction.

Manufacturing: Techno Optimism (03:53)

Illah Nourbakhsh discusses automation and employment displacement. Wu Huifen recalls working in the post office before the introduction of robots and the ensuing competition.

Manufacturing: Fine Motor Skills (04:12)

Wokers place circuits on boards and clock-out using a fingerprint scanner. Li Zheng discusses using robots to address a labor shortage; employee numbers significantly reduced. Robots take over complex tasks.

Manufacturing: Foxconn Recruitment Center (03:51)

Foxconn is the world's largest electronics manufacturer. Luo Jun discusses his job in the factory. Competition for jobs is high; Wang Chao became a driver after losing his job at Foxconn.

Service Sector (06:33)

Joshua Brown's Tesla navigates traffic with autosteer, but he has to take control during a tight corner. Bobby Vankaveelar and Connie Donley discuss the Tesla accident that resulted in Brown's death. Mike Paluska wonders why the Tesla did not have automatic shutoff.

Service Sector: Driverless Taxis (02:49)

Pittsburgh, PA becomes a testing ground for driverless cars, but after several fatalities, testing is suspended. After testing resumes, taxi driver wages become unstable. Experts consider the impacts of autonomous cars on society.

Service Sector: Economy (06:15)

Technology reduces the freedom and skills of truck drivers. Julia Collins explains Zume Pizza's use of robots. Martin Ford discusses digital automation and redistribution.

Service Sector: Artificial Intelligence (03:36)

AI significantly impacts income inequality; touchscreens make service work obsolete. Tim Hwang discusses automating his job as a lawyer.

Service Sector: Human-like Robots (04:56)

Hiroshi Ishiguro's android has 30 actuators to mimic facial expressions and head and chest movements. Sakuri Hideaki explains the design of an android and Japanese perspective on robots. Nozomi Niigaki worries about system errors.

Service Sector: Information Gathering (04:49)

At the Henn-Na Hotel, all main hotel staff are robots. Marios Savvides discusses the long-rage iris system and user profiling. Experts can create individualized models of behavior to determine how best to make a sale.

Service Sector: Technological Impact (02:19)

Follow blogger Coco Zhao throughout her day. Technology affects spatial orientation and memory; the digital and physical worlds collide.

Final Displacement: Ambush (06:16)

Protestors march the streets of Dallas, TX when gunfire erupts. SWAT team sniper Chris Webb discusses responding to the scene and using a bomb disposal robot.

Final Displacement: D.O.D. (03:00)

See an interview with Isaac Asimov. Experts discuss facial recognition software and autonomous fighting machines.

Final Displacement: Interactions (06:38)

Statistics drives automation in law enforcement; officers are less personal. Zheng Jiajia lives in Hangzhou's Internet Dream Village and works on improving his robotic girlfriend Ying Ying; they had a wedding ceremony.

Final Displacement: Human/Robot Dynamic (03:29)

Philosopher John Campbell discusses authentic connection and the danger of discrediting empathetic responses. Ishiguro takes steps to look young so he remains looking like his android.

Credits: The Truth About Killer Robots (02:21)

Credits: The Truth About Killer Robots

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When a robot kills a human, who takes the blame? The Truth About Killer Robots explores this question, as well as many other practical and ethical matters that humans face as we become more dependent on robots than ever before. An eerie, eye-opening work of science nonfiction, this 83-minute documentary from director Maxim Pozdorovkin (Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer) charts incidents in which robots caused the deaths of humans—in an automated Volkswagen factory, in a self-driving Tesla vehicle, and by a bomb-carrying droid used by Dallas police—considering the issues that these cases, typically treated as freak anomalies, raise in terms of accountability and morality. Highlighting the provocative views of engineers, journalists and philosophers, and narrated by a lifelike Japanese android Kodomoroid, the film goes beyond the sensational deaths to examine more subtle but pervasive ways that robots pose a threat to society, challenging us to question what a future living amongst these non-human entities could mean for humankind as we know it.

Length: 80 minutes

Item#: FPT168271

Copyright date: ©2018

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