In Japan, robots are used for companionship, household tasks, sex. But can they be the remedy for something deeper and more human: loneliness? At what point does a robot become a human? In his laboratory in Osaka, Japan, one man is trying to redefine what we consider human, and blur the lines separating us from machines. Professor Hiroshi Ishiguro of the Intelligent Robotics Laboratory has spent decades developing and refining various forms of humanoid robots. In essence, these are machines that ostensibly resemble and act like humans. Hiroshi believes robots will become normalised in the near future, both in the workforce and at home. But one question yet to be fully answered is, can robots not just act human, but be human? Can they provide genuine affection, love, companionship and understanding?
Go inside one of the world's most infamous prisons, where 80 percent of inmates are locked up without a conviction, in conditions described as "subhuman". The smell of sweat, faeces, urine. Emaciated men packed like sardines in narrow corridors and behind bars, so close together they can't sit. A constant barrage of shouting. These are the first things you notice upon entering Haiti's National Penitentiary. Located in the country's capital, Port-au-Prince, it is one of the most overcrowded prisons in the world - holding more than 4000 inmates in a space build for 1200.
Following the weekend rejection of his healthcare plan, Donald Trump is licking his wounds after failing to deliver on his first big promise: to fix America's health care system. Some are celebrating, but many Americans are now even more unsure about the future.
It's believed 5 million children in India have genius IQs but are never discovered. We follow two children from the slums who are as smart as Neil Armstrong fighting to achieve their dreams.
After a radioactive disaster destroys your hometown, when is the right time to return? We meet residents of Fukushima grappling with a choice: return and rebuild their broken community, or stay away.
She survived months as a sex slave and escaped to Australia as a refugee. Aminata Conteh-Biger can't change the past but now she's ready to help the future of her homeland, which has become the world's most dangerous place to give birth.
A shocking number of black South Africans are using dangerous skin bleaching products to whiten their skin. We talk to young people who believe being whiter will help them get ahead in life.
In El Salvador, home of the bloodiest gang violence in the world, we follow one man's gruesome struggle to bring dignity and closure to the families of the victims.
What happens when cultural tradition clashes with a young person's dream? Dateline meets a Muslim girl whose passion for martial arts is raising difficult questions for her family.
In 2016 Dateline travelled to more than 20 countries and filmed 400 hours of footage. Hear behind the scenes tales from reporters and some of the stories that didn't make it to air.
Indians living with a disability often find themselves shut out of the marriage market. Dateline reports on a new matchmaking industry trying to solve this problem, and follows three Mumbai locals as they navigate caste, religion and their family's wishes.
Why are mothers in El Salvador being charged with homicide or manslaughter after losing a child? Dateline investigates the country's extreme anti-abortion laws and finds local women fighting to have their cases heard.
What happens to refugee children when their parents die? Dateline talks to migrant kids dealing with the daily struggle of survival, including two young siblings living in a derelict petrol station in Greece. They are among tens of thousands of refugee children stranded in Europe without their parents.
Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte has pledged to slaughter every drug dealer and addict in the country, making way for death squads and encouraging vigilante killings. Dateline investigates what his tough justice really looks like and talks to assassins who say they work for the police.
Five men linked to an anti-establishment bookstore in Hong Kong disappeared last year, with many suspecting Chinese involvement. Dateline investigates their case and talks to the daughter of one of the disappeared men, who is speaking out for truth and justice.
Dateline travels to the Rust Belt of middle America, where old industries are dying, jobs are vanishing, and people feel cheated out of the great American dream. Could their anger carry Donald Trump to the White House?
Can brain scans and DNA tests really help you find the person you should marry? Dateline looks into the role that science is playing in modern dating.
While Australia has been slow to resettle refugees fleeing war in Syria, Canada has not only opened its borders but also its homes. Dateline visits two communities where locals are helping Syrian families integrate - but is their good will and compassion enough?
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