Robots taking over? Think of the good it could achieve

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.

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Mike Rawson

Mike Rawson has recently re-awoken a long-standing interest in robots and our automated future. He lives in London with a single android - a temperamental vacuum cleaner - but is looking forward to getting more cyborgs soon.

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Robots taking over? Think of the good it could achieve

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