#BrainFood brings you the best shows on TV and radio, science apps and books to activate your mind, and fun events to visit. This week – journey into space (via Cornwall), explore the rise of the robots and beat airport stress.
BBC Four, Wed 2 August, 9:00-10:00pm
Prof Danielle George and Dr Ben Garrod look at what the rise of the robots means for the future of the human race. Could these machines ever become our friends, and should we trust them with our lives? Along the way, we’ll meet some mechanical marvels, including the impossibly cute Kirobo, who was designed to be a companion on the International Space Station.
BBC Radio 4, Mon 31 July, 4:30-5:00pm
Are we living in a simulation? Could our entire lives be the computerised output of some vastly superior intelligence? Robin Ince and Brian Cox are joined by comedian Phill Jupitus, philosopher Nick Bostrom and neuroscientist Anil Seth to explore the possibilities of a simulated universe, and to ask how we’d ever know if we were living in one?
Olivia Koski & Jana Grcevich, Square Peg, £12.99
Lanzarote is all well and good, but where we really want to go on our holidays is outer space. Imagine picnicking on the Martian plains, or enjoying a cocktail while looking out onto Jupiter’s Great Red Spot. This tongue-in-cheek (but scientifically sound) book is the ultimate guide for any budding space tourist, packed full of advice on where to go, what to pack, and what to do while you're there.
Eden Project, Cornwall, until Sun 3 September, included in admission to Eden Project
Cornwall’s Eden Project is reaching for the stars this summer with a smorgasbord of cosmic activities. There’s a virtual tour of our Solar System, the chance to meet an alien, plus daily talks from space experts. Budding astronauts will also be able to find out if they have what it takes to follow in Tim Peake’s footsteps, with an inflatable spacewalk, mind-bending puzzles, and the opportunity to radio control a space exploration vehicle.
iOS/Android/Windows, free with in-app purchases
Hooray, you’re going on your holidays! But boo, you first have to survive the trials of the airport. This app aims to make your experience that bit smoother. Track your flight, manage your pre-flight time and read tips from other travellers on where in the airport to eat, charge your phone and get free Wi-Fi. There are airport navigation maps, and the app also works offline, with gate changes and flight status updates being delivered via SMS.