Published: 21 June 2016

Event: Exploring the role of intelligent robots

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An internationally leading robotics expert, Professor Alan Winfield, will consider some of the key questions relating to the increasing use of intelligent robots in society at a public lecture marking the first ever UK Robotics Week.

Professor Winfield will explore whether there are particular situations or areas of life where robots should be used, for example in caring for the elderly, surveillance, or for fighting wars.  He will also take a longer term look at whether intelligent autonomous robots could, or should, be ethical i.e be governed by human laws and morals.

Professor Winfield is an electrical engineer from the University of West of England (UWE) and his research is focussed on understanding the nature and limits of robot intelligence.  He co-founded the Bristol Robotics Laboratory and is the author of the book `Robotics: A Very Short Introduction’.

`The Ethical Roboticist’ is a free lecture and staff, students and members of the public are  welcome to attend.  It takes place on Monday, 27 June from 4.30pm to 7.30pm in the Leggate Theatre at the Victoria Gallery & Museum.

Refreshments are available and the lecture itself is expected to commence at 5.30pm.

To book a place at the lecture please visit this webpage:  https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-ethical-roboticist-registration-24488719419.  For further information email gill.prescott@liverpool.ac.uk.

The lecture is the first in a new series of annual lectures on the theme of `Robotics in Society’. In addition, the lecture is part of the UK’s Robotics Week which comprises a nationwide programme of events to learn about, and showcase, the UK’s robotic and artificial intelligence expertise.

The programme includes public lectures, open labs, schools and academic competitions, hackathons and robotic showcases.  Full information about UK Robotics Week can be found at: http://www.roboticsweek.uk.

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