Professor Maria Fox and Dr. Thrishantha Nanayakkara discuss the current state of the UK’s tech and manufacturing industry in an article with The Work Foundation titled “The rise of the Robosapiens.” The emphasize that investing in education and engineering will help UK become a leader, rather than a passer-by, in the next generation.
In a piece on how killer robots may affect the future of military warfare, BBC 2 reports on how robotics is used today and how they may develop into weapons. The UN Human Rights Council in Geneva is debating on the ethical use of “killer robots,” with UN rapporteur Christof Heyns calling for a halt to their current use.
Featured here is King’s College London’s Centre for Robotics Research, which is focused on humanitarian and medical robotics. In fact, most robotic research has little to do with military applications, despite the common stigma. Professor Maria Fox from the Department of Informatics emphasizes that “terminator-style robots” is not the type of machines anyone working in the field envisage.