Press and Media

On Ethical robots:

    Article in the New Scientist, Ethical trap: robot paralysed by choice of who to save, 14 September 2014.   

    BBC Radio 4 Today programme (live) interview, Will there ever be an 'ethical robot'?, Tuesday 2 September 2014.
    BBC World Service (recorded) interview, Tuesday 2 September 2014.

Commissioned piece for The Observer, Artificial intelligence will not turn into a Frankenstein's monster, Sunday 10 August 2014.

Commissioned piece for The Conversation, 4-4-2 becomes 0101: inside the competitive world of robot football, 4 August 2014.

Quoted in Androids improving but still rate as "expensive toys", by Peter Spinks, The Age, 9 June 2014.

Quoted in We may never teach robots about love, but what about ethics?, by Emma Woollacott, New Statesman, 6 May 2014.

Filmed for CBBC Newsround’s Robot Week, broadcast 10-14 March 2014.

Quoted in Cure for love: Fall for a robot to fend off heartache, by Catherine de Lange, New Scientist, 25 February 2014.

Article Academic Blogging: 10 top tips, co-authored with Tom Crick, The Guardian Higher Education Network, 13 December 2013.

Interview by Hans-Arthur Marsiske (at EU cog meeting), with Mark Coeckelbergh, Brighton, 23-24 October 2013.

Quoted in Smart robots, driverless cars work – but they bring ethical issues too, by Nicola Davies, in The Observer, 20 October 2013.

Quoted in Eurathlon: Open competition for rescue robots (in German), by Hans-Arthur Marsiske, Heise online, 23 September 2013.

Interviewed by Jennifer Akst, The Scientist, 19 June 2013.

Interview (recorded) on the EURATHLON robot competition, BREEZE FM, 7 Feb 2013.

Online article on puts depth back into robot reporting, 4 December 2012.

Interview for BMT Focus Magazine, November 2012.

Interview for The Naked Scientists (live), BBC Eastern Regions and BBC 5Live, 16 September 2012. Podcast here.

Interview for The Engineer Magazine - UK teams go for gold at the 2012 FIRA RoboWorld Cup, 23 August 2012.

Interviews for BBC Breakfast, BBC Points West and BBC Radio Bristol about the FIRA RoboWorld Cup, 21 August 2012.

Interviewed by Malcolm Love in Love and Science (live), Bristol Community FM BCFM, 30 July 2012.

Dancing Robots Reveal Cultural Clues, BBC Technology web pages, 8 June 2012.

Filmed for BBC TV documentary, Genius of Nature, Parthenon, 24 May 2012.

BBC Radio Bristol Phil Hammond Show, radio interview (live), 5 March 2012.

Interview for Ideas Magazine (Taiwan), Jan 2012.

Interviewed by David Freeman for Discovery magazine, 8 Feb 2012

Quoted in article ‘This car drives itself’ by Peter Kirwan, Wired magazine UK, 1 Jan 2012.

Interviewed for Bright Club Bristol podcast #1, online 1 December 2011.

Interviewed for Guardian Tech Weekly podcast with Aleks Krotoski, online 29 November 2011.

Interviewed for article Brave new world in TNT Magazine, 28 November 2011.

Quoted in Taste for Autonomy, The Engineer, 17 October 2011.

Interviewed for 2 part BBC R4 radio series Robots that Care, broadcast 26 Sept and 3 Oct 2011.

Interviewed for BBC1 ‘Bang Goes the Theory’ Webcast interview on Robot Ethics, August 2011.

Article in New Scientist: Five roboethical principles - for humans, Issue 2811, 9 May 2011.

BBC R4 Material World, interviewed on Roboethics, 28 April 2011.

Radio interview for Liverpool City Radio (recorded), on likelihood of humanoid robots with rights, 12 April 2011.

Radio interviews for BBC Radio Bristol (live, 21 Feb) and Heart Radio (recorded, 22 Feb) on the FIRA world cup press release, 21 Feb 2011.

Quoted in 2010's Quotes of the Year, December 2010.

Extensively quoted in University Hits the Right Note, Engineering Opportunities 2011 supplement to Professional Engineering, November 2010.

Podcast Interview on Dependable Swarms for, November 2010.

Quoted in Ethical Dilemma: With the growing use of robotics in defence, experts are hoping for a new morality in warfare, Professional Engineering, Vol 25, No 17, 20 October 2010.

Interviewed for documentary on Love and Sex with Robots, July 2010.

Interviewed for National Geographic Channel documentary on Swarm Robotics, March 2010.

Bristol's Robotic Visions heads for Houses of Parliament, Bristol Evening Post, 8 March 2010.

Radio interview on Robotics Vision in Parliament for Star FM (recorded), 9 March 2010.

Quoted in Artificial intelligence: 55 years of research later - and where is AI now?,, February 2010.

Quoted in BBC Focus magazine, cover feature on Swarm Bots, BBC Focus issue no 213, February 2010.

Quoted in Artificial intelligence: The robots are coming but are we ready for them?,, January 2010.

Featured in half-hour documentary for Spanish TV company REDES, presented by Eduard Punset 'Aprender de los Robots', see Broadcast in Spain and Latin America, October 2009.

Radio interview for CityTalkFM, Roy Basnett (live), 18 August 2009.

Interviewed and quoted for article Scientists Fear a Revolt by Killer Robots, John Arlidge, Sunday Times, 2 August 2009.

On the same story:
  BBC Radio Wales interview (recorded), 3 August 2009.

  BBC Radio 4 Today programme (live) interview, with Prof Bart Selman (Cornell), 3 August 2009.

  Spin 1038 Radio Dublin (live) interview, 4 August 2009.

Interviewed by Nina Teggarty for More 4 News story on firefighting robots, 27 July 2009.

Interview on BBC Radio Wiltshire (live) to comment on monkey mind-control of robot arm, 13 July 2009.

Following Robotic Visions press release:

   Students Express Views about Robots (Visions Conference), Bristol Evening Post, 10 July 2009.

   Interview for Original Radio (recorded) to comment on Visions Conference, 7 July 2009.

Filmed for Spanish science TV programme Redes, interviewer Prof Eduard Punset, 1 July 2009.

Filmed for National Geographic channel documentary, 3 March 2009.

Interviewed for Noel Sharkey's Sheffield Live radio programme The Sound of Science, 6 Feb 2009.

Interviewed on 95bFM New Zealand, Sunday breakfast show (live), 1 Feb 2009.

Interviewed for Noel Sharkey's Sheffield Live radio programme The Sound of Science, 3 Oct 2008.

Interview for Hives Hopes, Cover Article in The Engineer, 16 June 2008.

Quoted in Robot nannies threat to childcare, Roger Highfield in Telegraph Science online, 5 June 2008

Interview on XFM radio breakfast show (live), 29 May 2008

BBC R4 Material World, interview about Swarm Intelligence with Nigel Franks, 8 May 2008. Podcast here.

Parliamentary seminar "Intelligent Robots in Science and Society", interview for podcast, 22 April 2008.

Following Symbrion Press Release:

  Print and online media:

Real Transformers may soon be at our service, David Derbyshire in the Daily Mail, 13 March 2008. Online version here.

Sugar-cube robots could team up and change shape, Ian Sample in the Guardian, 13 March 2008.

Swarms of Transformer-style robots to be built, Nic Fleming in the Telegraph, 13 March 2008.

Swarms of mini-robots to go where humans fear to tread, Lewis Smith in the Times, 13 March 2008.

The trouble with Swarm Intelligence, New Scientist technology blog, 13 March 2008.


Could we be swarmed by robots?, ITN lunchtime news, 13 March 2008 (recorded).

ITN interview on YouTube: Robots with a Mind of their own.


Live interviews (13 March 2008) for BBC Radio Bristol; BBC Radio 5 live; BBC Radio 2: Chris Evans' Drive Time.

Recorded interviews for GWR; Independent Radio News; BBC World Service: 'The World Today'; Talk News Canada; BBC Radio Wales.

National Science Week: Alien life begins at home, Roger Highfield in the Telegraph, 11 March 2008

Science, Big Questions, small answers The Times colour supplement, 8 March 2008

National Science and Engineering Week The Big Questions, 7-16 March 2008

Scientists Learn to Speak to the Public, Bristol Evening Post, 21 February 2008

Robots to Develop their Own Culture (in German) Welt Online, February 2008

Quoted in Shape-shifting robot forms from magnetic swarm New Scientist Technology, 29 January 2008

Interview on BBC 3 Counties Radio (live), 8 January 2008

Robots in Disguise - HERO, July 2007

Warning! Robots Ahead CBC news, 16 July 2007

If Only I Had a Brain The Age, 22 May 2007

Let's Dance Education Guardian, 1 May 2007

Guardian Science Weekly Podcast, 30 April 2007, with Noel Sharkey

Will Big Brother be Cultural Watershed for Robots?, Times Higher Education Supplement, 27 April 2007

Following press conference on 'Rights for Robots' at Science Media Centre:

    Human Rights for Robots? Times Online, 24 April 2007

    Robot Future Poses Hard Questions, 24 April 2007

    Robot Rights New Scientist Technology Blog, 24 April 2007

    Interviewed on BBC TV One o'clock News (live), 24 April 2007

    Interview, with Noel Sharkey, on BBC News 24, 24 April 2007

    08.53 Interview with Noel Sharkey on BBC R4 Today Programme, 24 April 2007

    Interviewed with Noel Sharkey on Radio 5 Live (Nicky Campbell show), 24 April 2007

Masters of their Fate, cover article in IET Engineering & Technology, April 2007

Learning to Walk with Robots, Bristol Magazine, March 2007

Editorial article in Electronics Weekly, Nick Flaherty, 31 January 2007

People, Times Higher Education Supplement, 20 October 2006

Physics Group Challenge Einstein and Newton, Bristol Evening Post, 5 May 2006

Robots Duo are Brunel for New Age, 21 April 2006

Interviewed by BBC Radio Northern Ireland (live), 21 February 2005.

Member of BBC Radio 5 Live panel debate on weaponised robots (Julian Worricker show), 20 February 2005

Day of the Robots Draws Nearer, Bristol Observer, 22 October 2004

Interview for documentary Sentient Machines, Robotic behavior for extended DVD edition of Hollywood movie i,Robot, 2004.

Interview about Grey Walter robot tortoises on BBC TV Points West (recorded), December 1999

Interview about Grey Walter robot tortoises on BBC Radio Bristol (live), December 1999