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Can a robot really cure your loneliness? (The 3:59, Ep. 64)

We also discuss Spotify hitting 100 million active listeners and "Independence Day" director Roland Emmerich's take on what happens when aliens show up.

Katie Collins

Robots don't just have to be our future overlords; they can be cuddly pets too.

We discuss whether robots can potentially cure loneliness. Kaname Hayashi, the "father of Pepper," a humanoid robot that supposedly senses your emotion, wants to create a follow-up that can be a true companion.

Also, Spotify passes 100 million active listeners, with the splashy launch of Apple Music having had little effect on its momentum. And "Independence Day" director Roland Emmerich talks about the sequel to his sci-fi classic and what he would do if aliens showed up tomorrow.

The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by CNET Executive Editor Roger Cheng, Senior Writer Ben Fox Rubin and Producer Bryan VanGelder.

Can a robot really cure your loneliness? (The 3:59, Ep. 64)


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