Technical Stream: Invited Keynote Lecture

When We Became Machines

Professor Noel Sharkey
EPSRC Senior Media Fellow
University of Sheffield, UK

An illustrated lecture that takes a lively walk through the history of robots and their relationship to animals. You will hear about the automata of the ancients and how they gradually developed into the robots of the 20th century. Following video clips of some of Noel’s favourite robots in Sci-Fi movies, we will examine the stark reality of real robots today and look at their limitations. The talk will also focus on Noel’s passion for engaging the general public to in Science, Engineering and Technology. He will discuss some of his public projects, museum exhibitions and television competitions and ask the question, are you a robot?