Fast Forward Episode 5 - Robot Colleagues: R.U.R. or Have U Ever Been?
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In 1920, Czech writer Karel Čapek imagined a workforce of scientifically engineered humanoids ready to serve our every need in his play R.U.R.: Rossum's Universal Robots. It does not end well for us. We look inside the automated workspace of tomorrow and ask why machines should look and behave like us. Presenter Ken Hollings examines how we’ll work with AI and robots in the future.

What do humans still do better than machines? Dr. Beth Singler, Junior Research Fellow in Artificial Intelligence at University of Cambridge, looks at our behavior towards AI. Professor Alan Winfield of Bristol Robotics Lab talks about what can be learned from studying robots’ mistakes and principal security researcher at Kaspersky David Emm considers the security of robots at work.

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