Ro­bot­ics ex­pert at King’s to in­spire sci­en­tists of the fu­ture

Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

PHYSICS and com­puter science stu­dents at the King’s School were told that science fic­tion had al­ready be­come science fact by one of the coun­try’s lead­ing ro­bot­ics en­gi­neers.

Dr Richard Crow­der, a for­mer King’s pupil and now a pro­fes­sor of En­gi­neer­ing at Southamp­ton Univer­sity, was talk­ing to to­mor­row’s in­ven­tors about the in­creas­ing pace of the cur­rent in­dus­trial rev­o­lu­tion and the breath­tak­ing in­flu­ence ro­bot­ics tech­nol­ogy is al­ready hav­ing in all our lives.

Dr Crow­der told A-level stu­dents that, as Max­o­ni­ans, they were “priv­i­leged to have an in­dus­trial her­itage that saw the birth of in­dus­trial ro­bot­ics tech­nol­ogy with the ad­vent of the Jacquard loom first used in the silk in­dus­try in the early 19th cen­tury”.

He added: “Now we see ro­bot­ics tech­nol­ogy ap­plied across most mod­ern, mass man­u­fac­ture, and in the fu­ture ro­bots will in­creas­ingly do all the dirty, dull and dan­ger­ous jobs.”

He also warned of the eth­i­cal dilem­mas posed by the in­creas­ing de­ploy­ment of ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence.

Head of science, Jim Street, said: “Richard chal­lenged our bright­est young minds to see how they might con­trib­ute to this un­stop­pable force for change and how they might man­age its con­se­quences so ev­ery­one in so­ci­ety could ben­e­fit.

“He was a truly in­spir­ing speaker.”

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