Dr Lucy Rogers is joined by comedians Bec Hill and Harriet Braine for the History Makers podcast, exploring modern technology and the people throughout history who have made it all possible.
In episode two, the trio discusses whether artificial intelligence is our salvation or damnation. Dr Lucy explains how AI has developed, “robot” Harriet uses her databanks to bring a maker from history to life and Bec keeps her eye on the kill switch in case it all goes wrong.
So set your ears to receive and your mind to blown for History Makers episode two!
Meet The Makers
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein and the birth of AI
Mary Shelley, the author of everyone’s favourite flat headed tall bloke with a fondness for bolts in the neck, Frankenstein, was born way back in 1797, in London, England. Always found with a head in one of the books of her father’s library, Mary used her active imagination to escape the onslaught of her troublesome stepfamily, publishing her first poem when she was just 10.
In her late teens, Mary scuttled off to Europe on a romantic adventure with a young chap called Percy (who she eventually married). One rainy, cold, evening in a friend’s home in Switzerland, Mary, Percy and friends regaled each other with scary stories, which is where the idea for Frankenstein was born. A couple of years later, Frankenstein: Or, The Modern Prometheus, was published, and the entertainment industry certainly hasn’t let us forget it, inspiring countless movies and TV shows over the years.
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