Talking to Machines
The show meets humans and robots that are trying to connect, and blur the line. Radiolab begins with a love story from a man who unwittingly fell in love with a chatbot on an online dating site. Then, a robot therapist whose inventor became so unnerved by its success that he pulled the plug. And Radiolab talks to the man who coded Cleverbot, a software program that learns from every new line of conversation it receives -- and that's chatting with more than 3 million humans each month. Then, five intrepid kids help test a hypothesis about a toy designed to push our buttons, and play on our human empathy.