In this episode of the Science Focus Podcast we cast aside any Hollywood depictions of skull-crushing Terminators trying to overthrow humanity, and look at the real-life robots that are making a positive impact in our lives.
Whether it’s piecing together cars in a factory or performing intricate surgery in theatre, robots have given us the ability to perform tasks our human hands could never dream of doing.
To guide us through the weird world of automatons and androids, we’re to talking to Dr Lucy Rogers, an engineer and fellow of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. As a maker, she knows a thing or two about building these mechanised marvels, and as a judge on the recent BBC series of Robot Wars, she’s well versed in smashing them to pieces too. She’s also written the foreword to the fabulous book Robots (£14.99, DK Children).
She speaks to Alexander McNamara, Online Editor at BBC Focus.
Listen to more Science Focus Podcast episodes:
- Can an algorithm deliver justice?
- This is how to invent everything
- Why AI is not the enemy
- Changing our behaviour with virtual reality
- Transhumanism – using technology to live forever
- The future of humanity