In advance of Sheffield Robotics’ Platform for Investigation day at the Manchester Museum of Science and Industry on 20 January, I wrote this blog post: 5 reasons why you don’t need to fear the Robopocalypse (and 2 why you might…)
My colleague Tony Prescott and I co-edited a two-volumes of Connection Science dedicated to reevaluating the EPSRC’s Principles of Robotics. (Access to all the articles is free for a month.)
My article can be found here.
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
I’ve published another blog on Westworld, addressing larger themes in science fiction more generally:
Also available on Robohub.