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Georgia Tech's new robotic swarm for hire.

Enthusiasts around the globe can submit code online to programme the Robatorium's bots.

Disrupted Development

Lesley Curwen explores how digital disruption could impact developing economies.

Lesley Curwen explores the impact of the digital disruption - automation, artificial intelligence, robotics - in developing economies that have yet to experience its full force. The idea that robots could be responsible for doing the work that people undertake today is well rehearsed insofar as it relates to the economies of developed countries. The rise of the robots is a well established narrative. But what might happen if that same scenario were to happen in developing economies? Projections by researchers suggest that many jobs could be automated. What would be the consequences for those countries where large numbers of young people will be entering the workforce in coming years? Lesley talks to experts in robotics, automation, economics and development, and hears from those involved in the digital economy in countries such as Tunisia, Kenya and India, asking how sectors such as agriculture and manufacturing could be impacted - and whether the numbers of jobs that experts say could be automated will be off-set by the creation of new forms of employment in the digital economy. Producer: Philip Reevell A Manchester Digital Media production for BBC Radio 4.

How we're making the first sewing robot

Inventor Jon Zornow on why 'Sewbo' could be the biggest advance in apparel in 100 years

Inventor Jon Zornow talks to Ed Butler about 'Sewbo' and why it could be the biggest advance in apparel in 100 years. (Picture: Sewbo stitches a T-shirt, Credit: Sewbo Inc.)