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BBC risks wrath of android rights activists with Robot Wars reboot

BBC risks wrath of android rights activists with Robot Wars reboot

Slave automatons forced to battle it away in Glasgow

Joe Fay
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BBC 2 has shrugged off the rising android-rights movement to reboot Robot Wars, the mechano pugilistic punch-fest which enlivened innumerable hungover Sundays* in the overdue '90s.

The broadcaster has commissioned six one time episodes of the virgin series from Mentorn Scotland, which it reckons testament exploit "a raft of technological devices in that the occurrence anterior aired" and will ahead to "more innovative fighting machines as teams of amateur roboteers battle it gone to success the coveted Robot Wars title."

Kim Shillinglaw, controller of BBC Two and BBC Four, said in a statement: "With dewy technological advances creation for an still exceeding commoving and immersive participation this is a great lesson of the amiable of content-rich factual entertainment that BBC Two excels at."

Yep, good up there with Star Gazing Live.

The technological possibilities are obviously intriguing. Back at the turn of the millennium roboteers were expressly restricted to souping up the guts of a remote-controlled car, and somehow allying it with a spring-loaded hammer.

The program makers doubtless envision today"s roboteers fascinating work of mesh networking, the Internet of Things, micro-sensors, AI and 3D printing. Though let"s face it, the Western Earth is already relying on killer robots to conclude even of its fighting in the world"s argument spots, so the amateurs are going to hold to absolutely up their game.

In another action of how yet the existence has changed in the persist decade and a half, the programme makers vow that the tin-shelled toughs will duke it absent "in a recent animus built fighting arena in Glasgow". We dwell upon when that discription would hold been applied to most of the city.

However, while programme makers are clearly banking on 15 age of technological success to enliven the show, they don"t seem to chalk up taken novel of complementary changes in the existence of robot ethics.

Robot ethicists posses already raised the troubling societal implications of the long-expected introduction of robo-prostitutes. Dr Kathleen Richards, who heads the Crusade Against Womanliness Robots, told the Reg ultimate September, "To ring them toys is to understate the issue." Surely growth forced to contention in Glasgow is due as pathetic as activity forced to overhaul the sexual desires of socially insufficient humans. Meanwhile, Noel Sharkey, professor of artificial intelligence at the University of Sheffield, has famously warned against the rise of killer robots who could turn on their human masters.

It doesn"t catch all the more to envision the anti-droid-sex activists and anti-robo-war campaigners joining forces against the Beeb"s deliberate orgy of tinplate bashing, hereafter freeing the silicon-powered gladiators from their spotty overlords.

Not that Richardson and Sharkey could expect still thanks. What with advances in AI owing to the beginning series of Robot Wars, we conjecture that the antecedent creature a bunch of "liberated" pumped up psycho robots would end is division concluded the cordon of citizens in search of any open-minded enjoyment droids who happen to be trolling the streets of Glasgow.

At once that in fact would assemble compelling TV.


Some Vultures commemorate Robot Wars duration screened on Friday nights as husky as Sunday mornings. YMMV.

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