I, Robot BM BCh (Oxon)

11th May 2017 by Judith Harvey

I, Robot BM BCh (Oxon)

How long before machines are cleverer than us? The first robots were clockwork novelties. Now robots – named for the Russian word robotnic, meaning worker – can outperform humans at ever more tasks.

But robots are specialists. They don’t have our versatility – yet. They can’t yet do what every child can do – transfer learning to a new context. A human trumpeter could make a fist of playing a clarinet, but a robot would have to be reprogrammed. It might be a world-beater at Go but it couldn’t play Snap.

Making robots which can perform as well as humans, whether it be at walking, seeing, or thinking, involves understanding how humans walk, see and think. Nature is hard to emulate. But . . . remember those lumbering movie robots? They’ve upped their game. Now that we understand the complex mechanics of human ambulation it is possible to build robots which walk like we do, even over rough surfaces.

Read for free

Sign up to access everything.

Free trial


Already a member? Login to view this content.


"LocumDeck really is brilliant. I've always relied on my own system - I never put my faith in any other system before LocumDeck.

But I was genuinely buzzing when I used it yesterday - how easy it was to use and how many other things it does. It will significantly change and improve my invoicing and end of the month. "

Dr Kathryn Furneaux

See the full list of features within our NASGP membership plans