Curiosity Daily Podcast: A New Robot Can Imagine Itself, Williams Syndrome, and The Great Compression

Learn about why engineers designed a robot that can imagine itself; why the Great Compression was the best time to be alive, financially speaking; and the ups and downs of a rare genetic condition that makes you incredibly loving.

February 20, 2019

Episode Show Notes:

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