Lunch hour lectures repository Spring 2011
- Who enjoys shopping in Ikea?
- Building scientific models with computers
- Stabilising the global population: Where next for the Millennium Development Goals for health and nutrition?
- Lisbon, 1939-45: the untold story of Portugal and the Jewish refugees
- Homophobia: a global phenomenon
- Landing on a planet at 600 miles per hour
- From prehistory to the London blitz: foreshore archaeology and a rising river
- Sex education via the media: promises and pitfalls
- Will robots take over the world?
- The origins of the ‘ndrangheta of Calabria: Italy’s most powerful mafia
- Genetic testing in the 21st century: Should we screen the human embryonic genome before implantation?
- Sex, Drugs, the Internet and Juries
- Should the brain be left to neuroscientists?
- Great 2 meet u IRL :-) Twitter and digital identity
- Would you give your right arm to protect your heart?
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Will robots take over the world?
4 March 2011
Dr Kathleen Richardson , UCL Anthropology
2011 is the 90th anniversary of the robot, first imagined as a character in a play, performed in Prague in 1921. It is also the 50th anniversary of the first use of robots in industry with the robot ‘Unimate’ for General Motors in 1961.
Since the origin of robots they have undergone a number of transitions from the popular idea of the robot as a domestic, a vision popular from fiction such as the 1970's cartoon ‘The Jetsons’, to the last fifteen years imagining robots, not just for work, but to act as companions, exercise coaches for the elderly or stroke patients, and assistants for children with autism spectrum conditions.
This lecture will explore the history of the robot, and how it has changed and been re-imagined in fiction and labs over the last 90s years.
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