Growing up in the 1980s there were a few films that considered artificial intelligence, extrapolating far beyond the contemporary stage of research to give us new Pinocchios who could remotely hack ATMs (D.A.R.Y.L., 1985) or modern modern Prometheus’s children such as Johnny 5, who was definitely alive having been made that way by a lightning strike […]


Sometimes… okay quite often… I like to use this blog as a space to put down on ‘paper’ details about some of the things I’ve been up to, been reading about, or just been generally musing on, and then I try to pull out some threads of consistency and contingency between those sometimes quite disparate […]

Our short documentary on could, and should, robots feel pain is now available on Youtube. This project, produced in association with Cambridge Shorts and the Wellcome Trust, involved bringing together researchers on AI/robotics and pain with philosophers, anthropologists, computer scientists and cognitive scientists.Its intended to be very accessible, and perhaps even a little humorous! So […]


The last two weeks have mostly involved stalking Nick Bostrom. Of course I’m joking! Although… first I went to IP EXPO Europe 2016 – “Europe’s leading IT event. 300+ leading industry exhibitors showcasing demos, product launches & giveaways”(1) – where Bostrom gave a key note to a packed theatre on the potential risks and benefits […]

The past weekend saw the Faraday Short course take place in conjunction with our subproject on the implications of developments in AI and Robotics. From Friday to Sunday members of the public could listen to invited speakers, engage in break out discussion groups, and even grill the speakers mercilessly during an evening panel! Photo by […]

I’ve been rather busy lately writing conference papers (details below) and I havent unfortunatly had the time to write the rants blog posts that came to mind off the back two AI and robotics stories this month. Even the versions I came up with in my head became TL;DW (too long; didn’t write), and would no doubt also […]

NEWS: Professor Richard Harper has recently joined the expert speakers for our Faraday short course in September. He will be speaking on “Communication, God, and Machines”: He joins luminaries including Lord Martin Rees, Professor Nigel Cameron and Professor Susan Eastman (full list of speakers here, with details of how to register for the weekend) The aim of this weekend event is […]