Evolutionary biologist Dr Ben Garrod and electronics engineer Prof Danielle George explore whether machines built to enhance our lives could one day become our greatest rivals. They will discuss meeting Valkyrie, a heroic robot destined for life on Mars; Erica, the world’s most beautiful robot, and ask whether robots enhance our lives or threaten our survival.
About Dr Ben Garrod
Ben is an evolutionary biologist, great ape conservationist, TV presenter and author. Most recently, Ben featured in the Natural World documentary Red Ape: Saving the Orangutans on BBC Two.
Ben has also recently presented Hyper Evolution: Rise of the Robots on BBC Four and The Day the Dinosaurs Died on BBC Two, as well as presenting his second UK theatre tour, So You Think You Know About Dinosaurs…?!
In addition to his role as Teaching Fellow at Anglia Ruskin University, he has presented a number of television programmes, including Attenborough and the Giant Dinosaur with Sir David Attenborough on BBC One, in addition to his own award-winning six-part BBC Four series Secrets of Bones. He has also presented The Human Hive on Radio4, in addition to the series Bone Stories.
About Prof Danielle George
Danielle is an engineer, astrophysicist and TV presenter, who has been on our screens presenting Hyper Evolution: Rise of the Robots on BBC Four, Search for a New Earth on BBC Two with Professor Stephen Hawking and Nation of Inventors on BBC One North West. In 2016, Danielle presented Television’s Opening Night: How the Box was Born on BBC Four and in 2014 The Royal Institution Christmas lectures How to hack your Home.
Danielle studied Astrophysics and worked at Jodrell Bank Observatory. She was awarded a Professorship at the age of 38 and appointed Member of the Order of the British Empire in the 2016 Queen’s honours list for services to engineering through public engagement. In 2016 she received the Royal Academy of Engineering Rooke Medal for services to engineering and in 2017 received the Harold Hartley Medal for outstanding contribution to the field of Measurement and Control. Prof George is also Deputy President at The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
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Tuesday 23 October
Venue: Norwich School, Blake Studio
Cost: £10, £7.50 concessions
Tickets go off-sale 15 hours prior to the event. Tickets may be available at The Forum’s ticket office on the day.