A video of the interviews with Tony and I, along with the Q&A, can be found here:
I had a lovely chat with Rambo of Nick and Rambo’s BUIHA Podcast fame, which he has kindly shared with the world here. It was great to have a chance to witter on freely about all things hockey.
I was fortunate enough to join a panel for BBC Radio 3‘s programme Free Thinking on AI & Creativity with Joy Buolamwini, founder of the Algorithmic Justice League, Anders Sandberg from the Future of the Human Institute at Oxford, artist Anna Ridler.
This is the second time I’ve appeared on a Free Thinking panel: the last time was here.
You can listen to the programme on the BBC Radio 3 website here.
My colleague Tony Prescott appeared on BBC’s Sunday morning Live this past Sunday (8 July), and we brought Pepper down to interact with the hosts, Sean Fletcher and Cherry Healey. (That’s me wrangling the robot, or trying to.) Our robot and Tony feature from the very start, at 42 minutes in (especially from the 45th minute), and at the end. https://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0b9z98j/sunday-morning-live-series-9-episode-4
I should clarify that while of course robots will definitely take more human jobs, the 60% figure was merely an example of some of the claims others have made, and not my firm prediction. (I would never put a hard number of something like that; my job isn’t to put numbers on such things, but help prepare for whatever future we do face by engaging people in discussions and debates.)
The programme can be heard here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b082kwsl
The full description is below:
French anthropologist Claude Levi-Strauss famously said that ‘animals are good to think with’. Rana Mitter with Sarah Peverley, Charles Forsdick, Alasdair Cochrane, Eveline de Wolf, Michael Szollosy and an audience at FACT, Liverpool debate robots, humans and animals.
The broadcast will preview upcoming events organised by the University of Liverpool as part of their Being Human festival programme and is part of a week of programmes on Radio 3 focusing on new research and the UK wide festival supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council.
From a best friend to a tasty snack or something we must carefully husband to a threat we must eradicate, we humans think about animals in lots of ways. But how has our thinking about animals changed over time, and what does that tell us about our shifting attitudes toward the natural world and our place in it? Hear the views of a medievalist who studies bestiaries and mermaids, a French scholar who explores the history of the ‘human zoo’, and a political theorist who argues that we should extend human rights to animals, a zookeeper, and an expert on human-robot relations.
Producer: Luke Mulhall