Robots probably won’t take over the world, but they probably will be given ever greater responsibility. Already, robots care for the elderly in Japan, and drones have dropped bombs on Afghanistan. Professor Noel Sharkey fell in love with artificial intelligence in the 1980s, celebrated when he programmed his first robot to move in a straight line down the corridor and , for many years, judged robot wars on TV. Now, he thinks AI is a dangerous dream. Jim al-Khalili hears how Noel left school at 15 to become an electrician’s apprentice and amateur rock musician before graduating as a Doctor of Psychology and world authority on robots, studying both their strengths and their limitations.
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All in the Mind 10th Anniversary Special 7: The Marco Polo of Neuroscience - V.S Ramachandran - All In The Mind - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Natasha Mitchell has interviewed many of the world’s most celebrated thinkers on the mind over the past decade, and one the most creative is acclaimed neuroscientist and polymath of the brain Professor V.S Ramachandran. Next week, All in the Mind swaps shows and slots for a season of an exciting new show The Body Sphere hosted by Amanda Smith. In April, All in the Mind returns for a season, presented by Lynne Malcolm. Body and mind hook up on ABC Radio National in 2012! 5pm Sundays, 1pm Mondays.
All in the Mind 10th Anniversary Special 6: The Power of Forgiveness - All In The Mind - ABC Radio National (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
Psychologist Pumla Gobodo-Madikizela was on South Africa’s historic Truth and Reconciliation Commission, chairing many of its tortuous public hearings about atrocities committed in the apartheid era. In an unprecedented dialogue she met with one of apartheid’s most abhorrent killers, in jail, to explore forgiveness, psychological redemption and the symbolic language of trauma.