The writers of Channel 4’s hit drama, Humans, get together with experts in Artificial Intelligence to plan the construction of our very own android, or ‘synth’. Along the way we’ll wrestle with problems that specialists, and very soon all of us, may have to address. What rights should it have? Is it even a good idea in the first place? Can we baptise it? Or have sex with it?
Our panel is made up of the Humans writers, Sam Vincent and Jonathan Brackley; Kate Devlin of Goldsmiths, University of London, researcher into robots and sexuality; and Beth Singler from the Faraday Institute for science and religion at Cambridge University, where she’s exploring the social and religious implications of advances in AI. Regular Things Unseen presenter Mark Dowd stands ready to test for replicants.