In this weeks programme I travel to Newcastle upon Tyne to a conference for young people to put forward their ideas about the issue they will face with robots in the future. This will be fed back to a parliamentary audience later this year. Then we begin a new slot on the programme – turning the tables: interviewing the people behind science and technology stories.
The Visions conference
I travel to the Centre for Life at Newcastle upon Tyne where a conference for young people is underway. They get a couple of lectures about what is going on in modern robotics and then set about deciding on the issue that will concern society in their future. This is the brainchild of Dr Karen Bultitude and Professor Frank Burnett from the University of West England. I talk to Karen in the morning and the get back to the kids in the afternoon as they present their ideas to local dignitaries. Then I hear some insprirational words from Noel Jackson (the other Noel) the director of Education from Newcastles Landmark Centre for Life (and fantastic cocktail maker).
Turning the tables: Paul Marks
Paul is chief technology correspondent of the New Scientist. Prior to joining New Scientist, he wrote technology news for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and The Sunday Times. Paul has also edited a clutch of technology magazines including Popular Computing Weekly, International Broadcasting and the microelectronics journal Micro Forecast. He was also an editor at a patents journal. Paul is an award winning journalist, having been Editor of the Year at Emap Media in 1996 and BT’s Infosecurity Journalist of the Year in 2007.