Sometimes a programme makes you see the world a different way. Such a programme doesn’t feed an existing predisposition, nor does it challenge so rudely that it induces switch off. Instead it widens horizons, opens minds, surprises, delights. I’m thinking of The Engineers: The Rise of the Robots (World Service, Saturday, available on the iPlayer).
Initially, its title made me cautious. Engineers are a rowdy lot. My brother is one, so I know. I’m scared of robots and their takeover tendencies as portrayed in films and other fictions. I went to the Science Museum for the recording of this programme assuming I’d be patronised while being mystified. I was wrong.
In the audience were secondary-school children alongside top-rank scientists of every kind. On the panel were three of the world’s most distinguished roboticists, including Ashitey Trebi-Ollennu of Nasa.