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Sussex neuroscientist kicks off new series of science comedy show

Professor Anil Seth

A University of Sussex neuroscientist has helped to kick off a new series of an award-winning science comedy show by discussing how robots could potentially enslave humanity.

Professor Anil Seth joined other panellists in discussing the future of artificial intelligence (AI) for an episode of BBC Radio 4’s ‘The Infinite Monkey Cage’ that will be broadcast next Monday (18 January) at 4.30pm.

Professor Seth, who was sharing a stage with comedian Jo Brand and robotics expert Alan Winfield, suggested that while robots might enslave us all in future, the chances of this happening would be “very rare”.

He explained that ever-advancing AI could be a good thing for humanity, as intelligent technologies such as search engines and driverless cars hold enormous benefits for society.

Professor Seth, Professor of Cognitive & Computational Neuroscience and Co-Director of the Sackler Centre for Consciousness Science, also dealt with thorny issues such as the difference between human and artificial intelligence, and how we would react to robots that feel pain.

The show, hosted by famous physicist Professor Brian Cox and actor Robin Ince, even had panellists questioning whether one of their number was an android.

‘The Infinite Monkey Cage’ pairs scientists with comedians for a light‑hearted look at a range of topics, and won a Gold Award in the 2011 Sony Radio Awards.

The first episode of the 13th series, featuring Professor Seth, is currently available online.  


Posted on behalf of: School of Engineering and Informatics
Last updated: Friday, 15 January 2016

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