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?
World renowned climate scientist Michael Oppenheimer outlines the evidence for global warming. Writer Helen Garner talks about exploring the dark side of human nature, while American philosopher Sam Harris defends his atheism. Oscar-winning designer and Mrs. Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin discusses her fascination with all things French at the Art Gallery of NSW.
A revealing profile of the man who wants to be the next Prime Minister of Australia. He likes to ride his bike, he's not frightened to bare his body for the cameras, but what is Tony Abbott really like? And what sort of national leader would he make? Reporter Liz Jackson talks to the people who knew him at school, at university and key Liberal powerbrokers who championed him in his rise to power.
If you've travelled in Europe you will know the dangers of the Roma, or Gypsy, children who stake out the major tourist centres and swarm around visitors aiming to stealing their money, credit cards and other valuables. Now Producer Liviu Tipurita, using hidden cameras and some remarkable detective skills, shows how these children operate. Far from acting alone he reveals how many of them are involved in a system of organised crime that stretches right across the continent, a system the police say they cannot stop.
Noel Pearson discusses his hopes for an reconciled Australian republic. Controversial climate change sceptic Lord Monckton on why he believes the science is wrong, music legend John Cale remembers working with the Velvet Underground, Iggy Pop and Brian Eno, and US writer Jonathan Safran Foer explains why he no longer eats animals. The extended mix features the Sydney Festival's keynote talks event: "Hope 2010: Crisis, Catharsis and Renewal".
The story, 'Return to Eden', details the work of Scott Pelley, a tree-hugging engineer bringing the desert marshes back to life near Iraq's two mighty rivers. The story, 'The baby makers', explains Jill Hawkins and Carole Horlock's decision to become surrogate mothers. The story, 'The last muster', looks at the plan to control brumby numbers.
ASYLUM SEEKER DEBATE REIGNITES
Indonesian officials say the 78 Sri Lankan asylum seekers are refusing to disembark and they will not be involved in forcibly removing them.
STEPHEN SMITH JOINS THE 7.30 REPORT
Interview with Foreign Minister Stephen Smith on the asylum seeker situation.
THERESE REIN - PASSIONATE ADVOCATE FOR THE DISABLED
Therese Rein has made it a key priority to support Australia's disabled citizens; and this week agreed to visit Sydney radio 2RPH, part of a volunteer-based national radio network for the blind and visually impaired, to put their efforts in the spotlight.
An investigation that exposes the way children are used to produce the raw materials that drive a multi-billion dollar industry. Cocoa beans are the basic ingredients of chocolate. They are one of the most heavily traded commodities in the world. In Europe, major chocolate makers have signed up to Fairtrade programs, claiming some of their products are made without abusive labour practices. Now the BBC's Paul Kenyon, posing as a cocoa bean buyer, puts those claims to the test, revealing the Fairtrade seal of approval on chocolate is not all always what it appears to be.
Does It Have a future? The Commonwealth of 53 counties, describes itself as a voluntary association where countries support each other and work together towards shared goals in democracy and development. Does it need to change to survive another 60 years?
The story, 'Latham at large', discusses the Federal election campaign with guest reporter Mark Latham and the different strategies used by political parties. The story, 'A real fighter', talks with Private Damien Thomlinson about the war in Afghanistan and why the troops should stay put. The story, 'Mum's the word', catches up with Nadya Suleman who made international headlines with the birth of eight babies through IVF last year. She now has 14 children.
The story, 'Boomers go bust', details the superannuation disaster experienced by baby boomers. The story, 'Daddy's boy', tells the story of pain and confusion of an unorthodox family. The story, 'The crimes of Comrade Duch', examines the international tribunal, which will deliver the verdict on the killing fields in Cambodia by Comrade Duch.
The story, 'Madness on the motorway', details the events that unfolded on the M6 motorway in England in 2008. The story, 'The beauty trap', investigates the dangers associated with cosmetic surgery. The story, 'King of comedy', speaks with Robin Williams about his stand up comedy show- 'Weapons of Self-Destruction'.
Just how close are doctors and drug companies? Doctors and specialists get a lot of gifts from drug companies. These range from pens and coffee mugs, to stethoscopes through to free trips to international conferences. Just last year, drug companies in Australia spent more than $62 million on educational events for doctors, and half of that amount was spent on hospitality such as meals. Do these handouts buy influence?
The story, 'Beyonce', features an interview with singer, dancer and actress Beyonce Knowles about her career and life. The story, 'The big bang', deals with the First World War when Australian gold and coal miners dug their way beneath the German trenches. The story, 'The great flood', details how the decade-long drought may have finally broken, although it's taken a once in a hundred year flood to do it.
It's thought a single, fluffy pillow killed a Hamas operative in Dubai. But it took 27 secret agents with pilfered passports and a bag of disguises to administer it. We investigate the incredible case of overkill and over-exposure that's astonished even the most hard-boiled of spies.
What does it take to break new ground? It only takes one person to change the game for everyone else, but what does it take for them? This week, Insight talks to IVF pioneer Professor Alan Trounson; Deborah Lawrie, Australia's first female commercial pilot; mechanic Bianca Timbers; Ian Roberts, the first and only NRL player to have come out; biomechemist Bruce Mason, who helped develop the high-tech Speedo LZR swimsuit; and biomedical engineer, inventor and futurist Dr Jordan Nguyen. We learn for those who went against the grain, challenged the status quo, and changed the game. What makes someone a nonconformist? How does it feel to do things that others say can't be done? And what are the repercussions?
Blondie Suspect Success At Molly Meldrum's Hands Was No Accident
In 1977 an apparent accident by Molly Meldrum on Countdown gave Blondie its first hit single anywhere in the world.
Negotiations Continue Over Government's Company Tax Plan
Negotiations are continuing with the crossbench to see just how much of the federal government's ambitious $50 billion company tax plan will succeed in passing the Senate.
Scott Morrison On His Company Tax Plan
Treasurer Scott Morrison joins 7.30 to discuss his company tax plan and whether he thinks it will get through the Senate.
Woman Gets 3D-printed Jawbone Implant
Surgeons have successfully implanted a 3D-printed jaw device into a Victorian woman's mouth.
Stories include, 'Auditor-General criticises Government advertising system', 'Afghanistan casualty farewelled by home town', 'Indian student's killer charged', 'CMC Palm Island report blasts Queensland police', 'Gaza blockade eases to allow building materials', 'Vote-buying in IWC confirmed', 'Former Japanese fisheries boss joins Lateline', 'Foreign aid trickles in to Kyrgyzstan refugees', 'BP chief prepared for congressional grilling', 'Bloody Sunday paratroopers may stand trial for perjury'.
Panellists include: Kate Tempest, Award-winning poet and rapper; Jean-Christophe Rufin, Co-founder, Medecins Sans Frontieres; Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Controversial Somalian feminist and author Heretic; Julian Baggini, Philosopher; and Emma Sky, Former adviser to the US military in Iraq.
In a special edition of 60 MINUTES, Channel Nine, reveals the sordid truth about former NSW Detective Roger Rogerson. A jury found 75-year-old Rogerson guilty of murdering 20-year-old university student Jamie Gao. The murder conviction is proof of what many people have long suspected about Roger Rogerson - that he is evil beyond belief. It's an enormous fall from grace for the highly decorated one-time star of the New South Wales police force. In the 1980s Rogerson was viewed as a potential future police commissioner. But it was all a lie. In reality he was a bad cop, as crooked as they come.
Over 100,000 Chinese millionaires have moved to Vancouver, sparking everything from a reality show to a property boom making housing unaffordable. Tuesday’s Dateline asks if the millionaire migrants are a blessing or curse.
$151,000 for a diamond necklace? $140,000 for a piano? $15,000 for a handbag?*
This is everyday life for the Ultra Rich Asian Girls of Vancouver, played out in front of millions on reality TV.
Stories include: 'Election 2016: Whose economic plan do you trust?', 'Interview: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull'
ELECTION 2016: WHOSE ECONOMIC PLAN DO YOU TRUST?
The main contest of the 2016 federal election seems to be coming down to one question: whose economic plan do you trust? Both the Coalition and Labor parties have now outlined their respective ten-year plans.
INTERVIEW: PRIME MINISTER MALCOLM TURNBULL
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull joins 7.30 host Leigh Sales.
Panellists: Craig Laundy, Assistant Minister for Industry, Innovation and Science; Ed Husic, Opposition innovation spokesman; Gillian Triggs, President, Australian Human Rights Commission; Peter Kurti, Research Fellow, Centre for Independent Studies; and Shireen Morris, Constitutional reform research fellow, Cape York Institute.
They were doped and they were duped. Thousands of young East German men, women and children were talent-spotted, scooped into intensive state-run training regimes and administered an array of "vitamins" or "supporting means".
With the Rio Games beset by doping controversy, Sarah Dingle reveals the tragic human cost of one of the biggest drug scandals of them all - East Germany's state-sponsored doping program.
Regardless of who wins the Federal election, the major issue facing Australians is the future of work.
There are startling and credible predictions that more than five million Australian jobs will simply disappear in the next 15 years, as a result of technology. That's 40% of the jobs that exist in Australia today.
What do you want to be when you grow up?
Answering that question is only going to get harder as many of the jobs our kids will do haven't been invented yet. And if parents believe that steering their kids towards "safe" professions like accountancy will guarantee them a job, they're in for a shock.
On this special Q and A from Jakarta panellists will include: Dewi Fortuna Anwar - Senior advisor to Indonesian Vice President Boediono, Tim Lindsey - Director, Centre for Indonesian Law, Islam and Society, Yuli Ismartono - Deputy Editor in Chief of Tempo magazine, Rafendi Djamin - Human Rights Advocate, Yenny Wahid - Islamic activist and daughter of late former President 'Gus Dur' Wahid and Meidyatama "Dimas" Suryodiningrat - Editor in Chief of The Jakarta Post.
Is alcohol ever ok for expectant mothers? This week, three young people open up to a studio audience about what it's like to have Foetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Two of them can barely read or write. One has trouble speaking. One battles constant feelings of white hot anger. All their mothers drank during pregnancy.
When a stroke happens, the clock starts ticking. Treatments need to be given as soon as possible, in order to avoid lifelong disability or even death. And lots of us are affected. Stroke is second biggest killer and the leading cause of adult disability in Australia. In the background of this race against time, Australian doctors are clashing over one particular clot-busting drug called TPA.
Stories include, 'Essendon declares war on the AFL after dossier on the Essendon Football Club released', 'AFL commentator, Gerard Whateley', 'Round two of the leaders forum, this time punters ask the questions', 'Turkey threatens to ban outspoken politicians from the Anzac Commemoration in 2015' and 'London Mayor Boris Johnson to deliver keynote address at the Melbourne Writers Festival'.
We now have a test for what it means to be truly Australian. The citizenship test was passed in the Senate last week. The Federal Government is biting the bullet by insisting that incoming migrants will have to abandon those values that don't fit with mainstream Australia. Hence, the need to pass the citizenship test before being granted entry. Insight brings together different generations of migrant families, husbands and wives, parents and children who talk very frankly about what it means when cultures collide within families and within the broader Australian community.
Concerns About Management Of Kokoda Track
Some trekking operators on the Kokoda Track say poor management is threatening this landmark's future.
Australian Of The Year Alan Mackay-Sim Explains His Ground-breaking Work
Australian of the Year Alan Mackay-Sim explains his ground-breaking work, which has been described as the scientific equivalent of the moon landing.
Search To Find Missing Part Of Family Tree
Stan Grant finds a missing part of his family tree - a man who connects him directly to the time of first contact, when white met black on the shores of Botany Bay.
Band AB Original On Their Song January 26
Band AB Original want their song "January 26", about changing the date of Australia Day, to make people "uncomfortable".
Stories include, 'Secret research by bank regulator reveals fears of recession', 'Queensland's anti-bikie VLAD law to be scrapped, bikies to be given control orders', 'Assistant Treasurer says tax avoidance is illegal' and 'Australian athletics' odd couple are off to the Rio Olympics'.
Panellists include: Fiona Nash - Assistant Minister for Health, Joel Fitzgibbon - Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Troy Cassar-Daley - Indigenous singer-songwriter, Robyn Clubb - Treasurer and Councillor of Royal Agricultural Society of NSW and Rob Cook - fourth generation cattleman.
A murder mystery like no other - two apparently unrelated crimes, 11 years apart. One is a relatively harmless teenage prank. The other a cowardly murder of a Canberra grandmother; Dave Grohl has to be the nicest guy in rock and roll. He's the front man for Foo Fighters - one of the most successful bands in music history. He's also a middle aged suburban dad with three beautiful daughters and; on Tuesday, Australia will again stop everything for the Melbourne Cup as 24 horses and jockeys thunder around Flemington. Of course, winning The Cup is the pinnacle of any racing career. And this year, no jockey wants it more than Tommy Berry.
Dateline looks at the challenges facing the Palestinian football team, which has beaten the odds to qualify for next year's Asian Cup in Australia; from Silicon Valley multi-millionaire to international playboy and Caribbean murder suspect, Dateline replays this look into the eccentric world of John McAfee and; 'Sex Mountain' in Indonesia attracts thousands of Muslim pilgrims, who believe having sex with strangers at this holy site will bring them wealth and good fortune.
Do our genes govern who we vote for? As the US holds midterm elections, Dateline heads to the lab to look at the science of voting; 25 years on from the fall of the Berlin Wall, Dateline meets three men who played a pivotal role in its history, changing the course of their entire lives and; another chance to see this memorable story about the men dodging trains to drive their makeshift trolley taxis on Manila's railway lines.
The story, 'His finest hour', meets Sapper Curtis McGrath as he talks about his recovery and details how a landmine blew off his legs. The story, 'Matthew Newton', features an interview with Matthew Newton with some interesting admissions. The story, 'Rock God', speaks with rocker Led Zeppelin. The story, 'Mountain madness', joins Australia's Adrian McRae on his ultimate adventure, to paraglide off the roof of Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro.
In an Australian exclusive, Dateline will show in full the recent BBC Panorama investigation that has sparked controversy and generated media headlines around the world. While North Korea's 'Supreme Commander' Kim Jong-un has been threatening thermo-nuclear war, BBC Panorama reporter John Sweeney spent eight days undercover inside the most rigidly-controlled nation on earth. Plus, with many unanswered questions surrounding the Boston bombings and the Tsarnaev brothers, Dateline gets expert analysis on the story behind the attacks.
The story, 'A mother's heartache', details the horrifying ordeal of mother Rachelle D'Argent after her estranged partner, Ramazan Acar kidnapped their three-year-old daughter Yazmina and killed her. The story, 'The bride business', investigates the booming bride business in Eastern Europe more specifically in the Ukraine and Russia. The story, 'Jane of the jungle', journeys with Jane Goodall to Tanzania where she previously spent more than four decades studying chimpanzees.
TEEN DEATH REIGNITES CYBER BULLYING FEARS
Cyber-bullying continues to be a problem for young people. A Melbourne mother has blamed the suicide death of her daughter on cyberspace.
CHARITIES STRUGGLING IN TOUGH TIMES
Charities are struggling throughout the economic crisis while demand for their services has increased.
FREEMAN FIGHTS TO BREAK CYCLE OF DESPAIR
The Queensland Government will work closely with Olympic champion Cathy Freeman to help break the vicious cycle of despair in Palm Island.
NO KIDDING- PUSH TO CELEBRATE THE GOAT
There are calls to develop a goat museum and recognise the contribution of the goat to Australian history.
It's perched on a perilous fault-line but California can't blame the San Andreas for this big black bottomless pit. It's a frightening financial hole engulfing the most populous state in the USA and there seems no way to fill it. Time to think outside the square. Or, just out of it. Let's call it Califloracation. Or supplier-side economics. Groaning under the crushing weight of a multi-billion dollar deficit, California is dreaming up novel ways of paying its bills. And like a slacker's cry in a Judd Apatow stoner film or a punch line in Cheech and Chong sketch - a bright idea: What about drugs!
The story, 'Return of the Wog Boys', features an interview with Nick Giannopolous and Vince Colosimo on their new film 'The Kings of Mykonos: Wog Boy 2'. The story, 'Taking the plunge', details what's been happening at Haridwar in Northern India. Millions of people have descended on the city to cleanse their souls. The story, 'The Virus Hunters', investigates ground zero in Africa, where frontline scientists are scouring the jungles tracking down the next big killer.
The story, 'A Matter of Justice', deals with the official pardon been petitioned for Lieutenants Harry Breaker Morant and his army mate Peter Handcock. The story, 'Beyond redemption', asks whether schoolboy killers Robert Thompson and Jon Venables should have been let out in the first place?. The story, 'To infinity and beyond', tours through Pixar Studios and examines the popularity of Buzz and Woody worldwide.
The story, 'In the balance', reports on the extraordinary deadlock of the 2010 Federal election. The story, 'The bionic vet', talks to talented and flamboyant vet Dr Noel Fitzpatrick, who has pioneered bionic limbs for animals. The story, 'Swept away', examines how twenty million people have been affected by the floodwaters in Pakistan and aid is slowly arriving. The story, 'Heading for trouble', investigates the consequences of playing footy on the brain.
Both legs blown away by a mine, he sat on a chair outside his family's house and watched the world go by. This was his hopeless lot for five long, bleak years until a life altering chain of events. He now walks tall, is second-in-charge of the clinic that helped him and feels like he is standing on the sky. Out of strife, a story to ignite the human spirit.
The story of three young girls living in modern day South Africa. Each of them has been raped, each lives in fear. Meanwhile, the authorities do little to protect them or punish their attackers. South Africa has the highest incidence of rape in the world, and almost half the victims are children. On average, a child is raped every three minutes and yet there is apparently no concerted effort to stop this epidemic.
This story documents the intersecting lives of three men as they struggle to survive on the backstreets of Rio de Janeiro. Rio de Janeiro is home to nearly 12 million people. Over 2 million of them live in favelas or shanty towns. Those suburbs are, for the most part, controlled by gangs and their bosses who make their living by kidnapping, theft and selling drugs. Some describe these gangs as parallel authorities to the established government. They are in constant conflict with the police. Few people get inside these communities but film director Jon Blair has been given access to tell the story of three men, one of whom will not survive.
The battle between the mining companies and the Federal Government over the new resource super profits tax. For more than five decades, Australians have argued over how to best take advantage of the country's abundant natural resources. Now, reporter Sarah Ferguson takes a close look at the bitter public battle currently being fought between the Federal Government and the country's powerful mining industry.
Australia has apparently got through the global financial crisis remarkably unscathed compared to the rest of the world - for now. In large part, that's for reasons that have less to do with economic management than the bounties of nature. Australia is China's quarry, and as that nation industrialises at a cracking pace, our raw materials have ensured the money and the good times keep on flowing. But what happens if China sneezes? Australia will catch more than a cold.
Not far from the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, is the Danish island of Samso, which thinks it has the answers to tackling climate change that everyone else can learn from. India is caught in a vicious circle in the climate change debate... like China and Brazil it's been told it's exempt from agreements to cut emissions because it's developing, but the fact the country is developing means it's coming under closer scrutiny for its pollution. Plus, the Danish Minister for Climate and Energy, Connie Hedegaard, faces a daunting task... she's hosting the Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen and says failure to reach agreement over the future 'is not an option'.
THE POPULATION DEBATE
Explores the treasury forecasts, which suggest Australia could face a population explosion of 60 per cent or more over the next four decades.
HIGH RISE LIVING THE WAY OF THE FUTURE
Over the next few decades, more and more Australians will find themselves living in medium or high-density clusters, as rapid population growth impacts on the nation's major growth centres.
LAKE CARGELLIGO RUNS DRY
After years of drought, Lake Cargelligo has run dry, for the first time in more than a century.
TIM ROBBINS JOINS THE 7.30 REPORT
Interview with Actor, director and musician Tim Robbins. He is in Australia to perform at the Sydney Festival as part of a one-off concert called Rogue's Gallery.
The inside story of the issue, the people and politics that threaten to tear apart the once powerful Federal Coalition. Reporter Sarah Ferguson goes inside the conservative parties to find out what the party members really think about climate change and why they're so reluctant to back their leader.
Almost 6 months after the hundreds of thousands of people flooded into Tahrir Sqaure Cairo and sparked a revolution that forced Hosni Mubarak to step down, much has changed in Egypt but are people's aspirations being met and crucially who now holds power?
The recent revolts against autocratic governments in Libya, Tunisia and Egypt and turmoil elsewhere, suggest that politically nothing can be taken for granted across North Africa and the Middle East. Is the West reacting too slowly to events?
While today his long reign is tottering and blood is being shed, this documentary examines how the West has been dealing with Muammar Gaddafi in a world of realpolitik, petrol and terrorism. It questions how the man who was public enemy number one during the '80s, one of the main promoters of international terrorism, become 'respectable', if only for a while. It also asks how one of the world's most brutal dictators, a pariah, placed under embargo by the UN in 1992 after bomb attacks on UTA's and Lockerbie's DC10, came back to rub shoulders with European and American heads of state and leaders in Tripoli, Paris and New York.
The story, 'Doomed', questions air safety after the Pel-Air disaster. The story, 'Oh, Mr Darcy!', features an interview with actor Colin Firth about his career and life. The story, 'The contender', details Opposition Leader Tony Abbott's life away from politics.