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Show 86 first broadcast 29th January 2010


More sexxx with robots

This week I continue on the fasination of  sex with robots. It is philospher Dr Peter Asaro’s turn this time. We continue the discussion about Roxxxy and the sex robots of the future that started with Dr David Levy last week. This is Peter’s third time on the programme. The last time was about his movie i The Love Machine, we enjoyed a drink in the Oyster Bar at Grand Central Station in Manhattan. This time I was at home on the telephone – still!

Turning the tables

Turning the tables is a feature slot where I turn the tables on someone behind the stores that we read, hear or watch. This it is the turn of  BBC Senior Correspondent Chris Bowlby.  Chris is a regular presenter on BBC radio specialising in history, science and European affairs. He was the BBC correspondent in Prague during the division of Czechoslovakia, and has also worked on the research staff of the House of Commons. He is also a producer.

We discuss how he started in journalism, his role as a journalist and how he decides on what storeis to go for.

Next Week

There will be no programme next week as I will be lecturing about ethics to the military of 16 countries in Estonia. I hope to bring back some interviews.


January 29, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Show 85 first broadcast 22nd January 2010


This is a xxx rated show this week folks. Are we entering a brave new world where the first sexual experiences of the young will be with an inanimate? No, this is not a joke. Noel talks to author and AI expert David Levy who has been predicting the rise of sex robots for some time. Now it looks like they have arrived.

Would you have sex with a robot?

Noel talks to David Levy, author of  “Love and Sex with Robots” about the sex industry, the history of sex toys leading on to the idea of sex robots. They discuss the new sex robot Roxxxy (pictured above) – unveiled in January, 2010.

David is Scottish international grand master who has had a number of significant achievments in AI. He has twice been winner of the Loebner prize for the best conversational AI. He first became well known in AI in 1968 by placing a bet with a number of AI luminaries that no chess playing programme would be able to beat him withing the next 10 years. It got harder for him to beat the machines as time went on, but sure enough in 1978 he won the bet. You can read more about his achievement by clicking on his name in the link above.

January 22, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Show 84 first broadcast 15th January 2010

Liberating animals and ending world poverty


Peter Singer became interested in the the issues surrounding animal cruelty in 1971, as a young PhD student at Oxord. In 1975 he wrote the seminal book Animal Liberation that changed the lives of many people and animals throughout the world. As well as creating many vegetarians, he became the father of animal rights. He is now writing about how we can stop world proverty

I talk to him about how all of this started and about his current work. You can find all about how you can help to stop world poverty by going to his website at The sound of science strongly recommends his books.

Peter Singer was born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1946, and educated at the University of Melbourne and the University of Oxford.  He has taught at the University of Oxford, La Trobe University and Monash University, and has held several other visiting appointments. Since 1999 he has been Ira W. DeCamp Professor of Bioethics in the University Center for Human Values at Princeton University.  From 2005 on, he has also held the part-time position of Laureate Professor at the University of Melbourne, in the Centre for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics.

Peter Singer first became well-known internationally after the publication of Animal Liberation in 1975. Since then he has written many other books, including Practical Ethics; The Expanding Circle; How Are We to Live?, The Way We Eat (with Jim Mason) and most recently, The Life You Can Save.  His works have appeared in more than 20 languages. He is the author of the major article on Ethics in the current edition of the Encylopaedia Britannica.  Two collections of his writings have been published: Writings on an Ethical Life, which he edited, and Unsanctifying Human Life, edited by Helga Kuhse.

Outside academic life, Peter Singer is President of Animal Rights International, a Vice-President of the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (UK), a member of the Leadership Council of Oxfam America, and a member of the Advisory Board of

January 12, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment