The Machines and Us
In conversation with robotics expert Prof Noel Sharkey, Mark Tully considers the implications of the human relationship with machines. Featuring a duet for piano and iPad.
Mark Tully considers our growing dependence upon technology and the practical implications of the human relationship with machines.
In conversation with AI expert Professor Noel Sharkey, who is Chairman of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control, he investigates both historical and contemporary dependencies on technology and the pleasures and perils of technological progress.
In a programme which takes us from the Industrial Revolution to a duet for piano and iPad, there are readings from Aldous Huxley, Bertrand Russell and Patricia Hubbell - and music from Conrad Tao, Arthur Honneger and Jim Noir.
The readers are Emily Raymond, Francis Cadder and Jasper Britton.
Produced by Frank Stirling
A Unique production for BBC Radio 4.
Scientific Techniques and the Future by Bertrand Russell
Bertrand Russell writes about the dangers of atomic power.
Music and Machinery by Aldous Huxley
Will the gramophone put musicians out of work?
Cynddylan On A Tractor by R.S. Thomes
A farmer enjoys his experience of new technology.
The Computers First Christmas Card by Edwin Morgan
A festive card written, unaided, by a computer.
Chant of the Awakening Bulldozers by Patricia Hubbell
A warning from the awakening machines of their power.