Demand for industrial robots is increasing, so we asked different people to guess how many jobs are held by robots, not humans.

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Could Virtual reality be the future for rollercoaster rides? Passengers are taken into a virtual world, wearing VR headsets while on a ride. The virtual reality ride faced a real challenge: how to stop passengers feeling sick? Any difference between what a passenger sees and feels can increase feelings of nausea. So motion sensors were […]

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The world uses 40 billion tonnes of sand each year to build cities and towns, but global reserves are running low. We find out why. Sand is crucial for construction. Much of the global economy relies on it. We use 40 billion tonnes of it each year to build our cities and towns. But global […]

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Computers are taking on increasingly sophisticated tasks, a trend which will cost many people their jobs. With so much automation to come, how many humans will still be needed?

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By 2050 the plastic in the world’s oceans could weigh more than the fish. On World Oceans Day actor Adrian Grenier, and young entrepreneur Boyan Slat, look for solutions to the problem. Eight million tonnes of plastic pollution are washed into the ocean every year. Hollywood actor Adrian Grenier is best known for his role […]

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Pressure to reduce carbon emissions is putting the future of fossil fuel giants in jeopardy. Their survival plans involve carbon storage and floating wind farms. Meanwhile, one small German village is showing how large companies aren’t always essential. Over 80% of the world’s energy needs are provided by coal, oil and gas. Although technologies to […]

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Ride-hailing apps such as Uber, Ola and Lyft are not only challenging taxi drivers around the world, they are also disrupting the car industry as a whole as people prefer to hail a ride than buy their own set of wheels. The Disrupters is an original series exploring how major industries—from music and cars to […]

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By 2050, two thirds of the world’s population will live in cities. Urbanisation is happening faster than at any time in human history. Globally, 900 million people are living in slums. Cities can’t add housing fast enough. Today, an estimated one billion vehicles are already bringing urban areas to a standstill. Cities consume three-quarters of […]

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The music industry has come a long way since Radiohead allowed fans to pay what they wanted for an album. But there is still plenty of digital disruption going on. Tech companies such as Kobalt provide an alternative route for musicians to find fans and manage their money—without having to rely on a record deal. […]

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Electric cars will come of age in 2018. For the first time they will compete in price and performance with petrol and diesel cars. But in the year ahead we will also be confronted with some uncomfortable truths about going electric.

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