Show #65 (season 5, edition 11)
Debut: FRIDAY, MAY 12 (7:30-8:00 p.m. ET/PT)
"Engineering Immortality": Human life expectancy has more than doubled over the past 150 years. Globally, the 85-and-over population is expected to increase 351% by the middle of this century. While past growth was fed by advances in sanitation and now-mundane medications like penicillin, looming breakthroughs in genomics, pharmaceuticals and stem cell research have brought humanity to the precipice of a second longevity explosion. Isobel Yeung meets the scientists and doctors leading this charge, which promises to revolutionize how bodies age in the years to come.
"Robot Revolution": While hi-tech robots are already performing complex tasks for humans, the real test of this unfolding revolution will be creating robots intelligent enough to actually think for themselves. VICE explores how robotics and the computers that power them are poised for an extraordinary leap forward with the emergence of artificial intelligence, and how humanity can reconcile the huge risks and possibilities that will follow.