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Thursday, January 30, 2014

C-3PO in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith. (Lucasfilm)

A New Era of Robotics & Artificial Intelligence | With New Leader In Sight, Will Change Come to the NSA? | Dead Zebras May Hold the Key to Fighting Anthrax | Soup or Bowl Recipe Contest Countdown | Syria Drags Heels on Chemical Weapons Removal | Robots and Hollywood: Fact Vs. Ficiton

A New Era of Robotics & Artificial Intelligence

Last night, scientists, roboticists and ethicists gathered in New York City to discuss the very nature of robotic progression. As artificial intelligence makes a larger space within our lives, how will human behavior evolve with the inclusion of intelligent robotics? Joining The Takeaway to talk about the future of human interaction with robots are Heather Knight is a social roboticist and researcher at Carnegie Mellon, and Wendell Wallach, a lecturer at the Interdisciplinary Center for Bioethics at Yale University.

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VOTE: Should The Boston Bombing Suspect Face the Death Penalty?

Federal prosecutors will seek the death penalty for alleged Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, who is awaiting trial and has been charged with 30 counts, including killing three people and using weapons of mass destruction. More than 250 people were injured in the twin blasts on April 15, 2013. Do you agree with the government's decision to pursue the death penalty? Vote in our poll.

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U.S. 'Deeply Concerned' as Syria Drags Its Heels on Chemical Weapons Removal

Last year, Syria agreed to eliminate its stockpile of chemical weapons, and now the regime's deadline to give up its entire arsenal is looming. To date, Syria has released less than 5 percent of its chemical weapons—and there's evidence that the Syrian regime is deliberately stalling on its agreement for political purposes. Reuter's correspondent Anthony Deutsch has been reporting on the delays in Syria's compliance. He joins The Takeaway to discuss the delays and whether they are politically motivated.

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Dead Zebras May Hold the Key to Fighting Anthrax

While examining the carcasses of zebras that were killed by anthrax in Africa, Holly Ganz, a research scientist at the University of California in Davis, found a type of virus that can fight anthrax. In the future the virus, known as a bacteriophage—which literally means bacteria eater—could be used as an alternative to antibiotics for anthrax treatment, or for decontamination efforts. Ganz joins The Takeway to explain her research.

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Soup or Bowl Recipe Contest Countdown

As the calendar moves closer to Super Bowl Sunday, The Takeaway is counting down to declare a winner in our Soup or Bowl game day recipe contest. We received so may recipes in our quest for the perfect cold weather half-time meal. Yesterday our friend Dan Pashman, founder and host of The Sporkful podcast and our Soup or Bowl judge, rolled out two of the final four. Today he walks us through a tasting of our last two finalists.

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With New Leader, Will Change Come to the NSA?

National Security Agency director Keith Alexander is preapring to step down in March, and according to reports, President Barack Obama is interviewing Alexander's potential successor himself. If he is confirmed by the Senate, Navy cryptologist and Vice Admiral Mike Rogers will take the helm of the NSA as the agency faces renewed public scrutiny. Rogers's former colleague John Nagl, a retired Lieutenant Colonel, counterinsurgency expert and headmaster of the Haverford School, discusses the Vice Admiral's resume and how he might change the NSA.

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Robots and Hollywood: Fact Vs. Ficiton

Rosie from the Jetsons, R2-D2 from Star Wars, and the Terminator—here in America, our understanding of robots has been built around what we see on the big screen. But as scientists and technology companies begin developing robots and incorporating robotics technologies into our every day lives, will our Hollywood understanding ring true in reality? Erik Sofge contributes to Popular Science and writes about science fiction for Slate. He explains how Hollywood has driven our perception of robots, and how far off it is from reality.

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