Press and Media

Quoted in The legal and ethical minefield of AI, by Joanna Goodman, Guardian, 5 January 2018.

Work featured in Pay please! 3 rules for robots - For the birthday of Isaac Asimov, (in German), 2 January 2018.

Quoted in ‘He’s our child’: new wave of toy robots causes concern, Otago Daily News, 30 December 2017.

Quoted and featured in We have to keep the bots under control, Raconteur, 7 December 2017.

Video clip We need to worry about artificial stupidity, BBC News, 31 October 2017.

Interview for BBC HARDtalk (Stephen Sackur) on iPlayer, broadcast on World News and BBC News channel, 31 October 2017.

Quoted in Research aims to correct mistakes and biases in AI machine learning, Westside Story, 27 October 2017.

Quoted in Would you want a robot to be your child’s best friend?, by Dan Jolin, in Guardian, 10 September 2017.

Quoted in Are Asimov's laws enough to stop AI stomping humanity?, The Register, 15 August 2017.

Quoted in Demystifying the Black Box That Is AI, Scientific American, 9 August 2017.

Work featured in Robot behaviour is creeping beyond human control, by Anjana Ahuja, Financial Times, 2 August 2017.

Work featured in Is this how to stop the robot uprising? Intelligent machines should be equipped with an 'ethical black box', Mail Online, 21 July 2017.

Work featured in Experts Want Robots to Have an “Ethical Black Box” That Explains Their Decision-Making, Futurism, 21 July 2017.

Quoted in A rape-able sex robot makes the world more dangerous for women, not less, by Sian Norris, New Statesman, 21 July 2017.

Quoted and work featured in Give robots an 'ethical black box' to track and explain decisions, say scientists, by Ian Sample, Guardian, 19 July 2017.

Work featured in Robot and his master or Can the artificial intelligence have its own ethics?, Ceska Pozice (in Czech), 6 July 2017.

Quoted in Science for the public good or a dystopian future where artificial intelligence goes on the rampage?, Fitzrovia News, 20 June 2017.

Quoted in Real-Life Robocops: 'The Potential for Cops to be Hacked Is Very High Indeed', Sputnik News, 12 June 2017.

Quoted in Algorithm’s gonna get you, by Kat Arney, TES magazine (cover feature), 26 May 2017.

Quoted in The inevitable rise of the robocops, CNN, 22 May 2017.

Work featured in What if bots started developing their own social behaviours?, Campaign, 16 May 2017.

Quoted in Ample time for humans to 'kill' a robot takeover, Straits Times, 14 May 2017.

Work featured in Teaching robots right from wrong, Science News for Students, 20 April 2017.

Quoted in How close are we to creating a Westworld?, Guardian, 11 April 2017.

Quoted in Who’s watching the AI decision makers?, Alphr, 29 March 2017.

Quoted in Google’s DeepMind makes AI program that can learn like a human, Guardian, 14 March 2017.

Quoted in CBI interview with Scott Gardner CISCO, CBI, 10 March 2017.

Quoted in Could robots go beyond taking our jobs to running our world?, Irish Times, 9 March 2017.

Interviewed for BBC Radio Bristol (Laura Rawlings), 28 Feb & 1 March 2017.

Interviewed on BBC Radio Humberside (Andy Comfort), 28 February 2017.

Appeared in BBC Inside West TV segment on Bats and Robots, broadcast 27 February 2017.

Guest of Jim Al-Khalili on The Life Scientific, BBC Radio 4, broadcast 21 February 2017.

Appeared in The Rise of the Robots episodes More human than human and Where is my mind?, BBC Radio 4, broadcast 14 and 21 February 2017.

Quoted in Artificial Intelligence Is Not a Threat—Yet, Scientific American, 14 February 2017.

Quoted in Robots will pay tax on Social Security?, Svet Kapitala, 8 February 2017 (in Slovenian).

Appeared in Robots can predict the future … and so can you – video, Guardian, 2 February 2017.

Quoted in AI watchdog needed to regulate automated decision-making, say experts, Guardian, 27 January 2017.

Quoted in Discrimination by algorithm: scientists devise test to detect AI bias, Guardian, 19 December 2016.

Quoted on IEEE P7001 in IEEE Announces Standards Development Project to Address Transparency of Autonomous Systems, Yahoo finance, 15 December 2016.

Quoted on BS8611 in The new matrix: Guidelines for ethical robot design, Robotics and Automation News, 12 December 2016.

Quoted in The Rise of the Robot Workforce, HR Magazine, 29 November 2016.

Quoted on Parliamentary inquiry on robotics and AI in The UK could become a leader in AI ethics—if this EU data law survives Brexit, Quartz, 12 October 2016.

Quoted in We Asked Industry Experts What the Restaurant of the Future Will Look Like, Munchies Vice, 4 October 2016.

Quoted on BS8611 in The truth from science fiction (in Turkish), Cumhuriyet, 1 October 2016.

Quoted on BS8611 in British Philosophers Consider the Ethics of a Robotic Future, PC Magazine, 21 September 2016.

Quoted on BS8611 in Researchers establish a standard for robotic ethics, Geek, 20 September 2016.

Quoted on BS8611 in Why the US Requires Ethical Standards on the Use and Design of Robotics,, 19 September 2016.

Quoted on BS8611 in The UK Has Developed a Robot Code of Ethics That Protects Humans, Inverse, 19 September 2016.

Quoted on BS8611 in Do no harm, don't discriminate: official guidance issued on robot ethics, Guardian, 18 September 2016.

Quoted (tour guide for the BRL) in The future of artificial intelligence was supposed to look like this..., by Helen Lewis, Sunday Times magazine, 18 September 2016.

Quoted in On the Brink of an Artificial Intelligence Arms Race, By Anja Kaspersen, World Policy blog, 6 September 2016.

Quoted in Pentagon chiefs fear Terminator could come true with advanced robot weapons wiping out humanity, Mirror, 5 September 2016.

Quoted in Tesla Autopilot crash: what next for driverless cars?, The Telegraph, 1 July 2016.

Quoted in Fatal Tesla crash triggers investigation, The Engineer, 1 July 2016.

Quoted in Robots could end up like dangerous DOGS if humans don't learn to train them properly, Mirror technology, 30 June 2016.

Quoted in Will your driverless car be willing to kill you to save the lives of others?, Guardian, 23 June 2016.

Quoted in The AI that decides when to inflict pain, Mail Online, 13 June 2016.

Quoted in Man v machine: can computers cook, write and paint better than us?, The Guardian, 6 June 2016.

Quoted in How do we teach robots right from wrong? Soon the problem won’t be hypothetical, Yahoo Tech, 22 April 2016. 

BBC Radio 4 Today programme (live) interview with Barbara Sahakian on Artificial Intelligence, 7 March 2016.

Panelist on Will automation make us happier? – live chat, Guardian, 22 February 2016.

Named in Delegates at Davos held a meeting about the dangers of autonomous 'killer robots', The Independent, 25 January 2016.

Article about my work by Tessel Renzenbrink, Ethical Robots and Robot Ethics, Elektor magazine, 22 January 2016.

Quoted in Stop killer robots before it's too late, Daily Mail online, 22 January 2016.

Quoted in Top business leaders to face jobs challenge at World Economic Forum, The Irish Examiner, 20 January 2016.

Quoted in
 Davos Robot Eclipses Davos Man as Gloom Descends on Elite, Bloomberg, 19 January 2016.

Named in Davos 2016: eight key themes for the World Economic Forum, Guardian, 19 January 2016.

Guest panelist in BBC R4 The Infinite Monkey Cage, hosted by Brian Cox and Robin Ince, broadcast 18 January 2016.

Quoted in Dawn of the replicants, by Will Wiles, New Humanist magazine, 4 January 2016.
Quoted in Sex, love and robots: is this the end of intimacy?, by Eva Wiseman, Guardian, 13 December 2015.

Quoted in Coding Ethics: how to teach robots to be good, by Charles Choi, Braindecoder, 5 November 2015.

Quoted in How Safe can Artificial Intelligence be?, by David Shukman, BBC news online, 15 September 2015.

Quoted in article on robot ethics, by Wang Youran, in Chinese Social Sciences Today, 10 August 2015 (in Chinese).

Interviewed on Good Morning Wales (live), BBC Radio Wales, Saturday 1 August 2015.

Quoted in The Deadliest Robots on the Planet and Why You Don't Need To Be Afraid Yet, by Ben Guarino, 30 July 2015.

Interviewed by David Shukman for BBC TV News at Ten, Tuesday 28 July 2015.

Quoted in Robot-related deaths are rare and becoming rarer, by Clive Cookson, Financial Times, 2 July 2015.

Quoted and ethical robot research cited in Machine ethics: The robot’s dilemma, by Boer Deng, Nature News, 1 July 2015.

Quoted in Reality check: robot killing machines - will they rebel?, by Alan Martin, Alphr, 26 June 2015.

Summary of Robot Swarm Behavior Suggests Forgetting May Be Important To Cultural Evolution, by Hallie Siegel, Slashdot, 21 June 2015.

Ethical robot research cited in Asimov's three laws of robotics, by Piers Bizony, Engineering and Technology vol 10 issue 6, 15 June 2015.

Quoted in Should we outlaw androids?, by Erik Sofge, Popular Science, 15 June 2015.

Controle over robots is cruciaal, by Frank Biesboer, De Ingenieur, 21 April 2015.

Interviewed in C4 TV End of the World Night, Saturday 4 April 2015.

Quoted in The looming threat of artificial unintelligence, by Erik Sofge, Popular Science, 13 March 2015.

Quoted in 'Chappie' Doesn't Think Robots Will Destroy the World, by Keith Wagstaff, NBC News, 4 March 2015.

Quoted in Why our roboticists are working for the 99 percent, by Mark Piesing, Wired, 16 February 2015.

Research cited in AI Algorithms Programmed into Self-driving Cars, in Scientific Computing, 3 February 2015.

Named in Artificial Intelligence and The Future of Life, by Robert Loos, Robotics Today, 23 January 2015.

Quoted in Google: Your Computer Is Stupid, by Tom Risen, US News, 1 January 2015.

On Verifiable Autonomy:
    How to prevent robot world domination, by Sarah Griffiths, Mail Online, 10 December 2014.

    New research will help robots know their limits, by Shemina Davis,, 8 December 2014.

    Robotics: the rise of the (more ethical) machines, by Clive Cookson, Financial Times, 5 December 2014.

Quoted in Wearing Your Intelligence: How to Apply Artificial Intelligence in Wearables and IoT, by Scott Amyx, Wired, 4 December 2014.

Recorded discussion point for BBC R4 Unreliable Evidence with Clive Anderson, November 2014.

On Ethical robots:

    Un robot face à un dilemme, by Soline Roy, Le Figaro, 14 November 2014.

    Putting the ethics in robotics: Testing Asimov's First Law, by Bea Montenegro, GMA News, 22 September 2014.
    Will robotkind be our undoing?, by Ellie Zolfagharifard, Mail Online, 19 September 2014.
    Robot with “morals” makes surprisingly deadly decisions, by Rob Waugh, Yahoo News, 18 September 2014.

    Cool Experiment Puts Asimov's First Law Of Robotics To The Test, by George Dvorsky,, 15 September 2014.

    Robot Frets Over Moral Puzzle, by Glenn McDonald, Discovery news, 15 September 2014.

    Article in the New Scientist, Ethical trap: robot paralysed by choice of who to save, 14 September 2014.   

    BBC Radio 4 Today programme (live) interview, Will there ever be an 'ethical robot'?, Tuesday 2 September 2014.
    BBC World Service (recorded) interview, Tuesday 2 September 2014.

Commissioned piece for The Observer, Artificial intelligence will not turn into a Frankenstein's monster, Sunday 10 August 2014.

Commissioned piece for The Conversation, 4-4-2 becomes 0101: inside the competitive world of robot football, 4 August 2014.

Quoted in Androids improving but still rate as "expensive toys", by Peter Spinks, The Age, 9 June 2014.

Quoted in We may never teach robots about love, but what about ethics?, by Emma Woollacott, New Statesman, 6 May 2014.

Filmed for CBBC Newsround’s Robot Week, broadcast 10-14 March 2014.

Quoted in Cure for love: Fall for a robot to fend off heartache, by Catherine de Lange, New Scientist, 25 February 2014.

Article Academic Blogging: 10 top tips, co-authored with Tom Crick, The Guardian Higher Education Network, 13 December 2013.

Interview by Hans-Arthur Marsiske (at EU cog meeting), with Mark Coeckelbergh, Brighton, 23-24 October 2013.

Quoted in Smart robots, driverless cars work – but they bring ethical issues too, by Nicola Davies, in The Observer, 20 October 2013.

Quoted in Eurathlon: Open competition for rescue robots (in German), by Hans-Arthur Marsiske, Heise online, 23 September 2013.

Interviewed by Jennifer Akst, The Scientist, 19 June 2013.

Interview (recorded) on the EURATHLON robot competition, BREEZE FM, 7 Feb 2013.

Online article on puts depth back into robot reporting, 4 December 2012.

Interview for BMT Focus Magazine, November 2012.

Interview for The Naked Scientists (live), BBC Eastern Regions and BBC 5Live, 16 September 2012. Podcast here.

Interview for The Engineer Magazine - UK teams go for gold at the 2012 FIRA RoboWorld Cup, 23 August 2012.

Interviews for BBC Breakfast, BBC Points West and BBC Radio Bristol about the FIRA RoboWorld Cup, 21 August 2012.

Interviewed by Malcolm Love in Love and Science (live), Bristol Community FM BCFM, 30 July 2012.

Dancing Robots Reveal Cultural Clues, BBC Technology web pages, 8 June 2012.

Filmed for BBC TV documentary, Genius of Nature, Parthenon, 24 May 2012.

BBC Radio Bristol Phil Hammond Show, radio interview (live), 5 March 2012.

Interview for Ideas Magazine (Taiwan), Jan 2012.

Interviewed by David Freeman for Discovery magazine, 8 Feb 2012

Quoted in article ‘This car drives itself’ by Peter Kirwan, Wired magazine UK, 1 Jan 2012.

Interviewed for Bright Club Bristol podcast #1, online 1 December 2011.

Interviewed for Guardian Tech Weekly podcast with Aleks Krotoski, online 29 November 2011.

Interviewed for article Brave new world in TNT Magazine, 28 November 2011.

Quoted in Taste for Autonomy, The Engineer, 17 October 2011.

Interviewed for 2 part BBC R4 radio series Robots that Care, broadcast 26 Sept and 3 Oct 2011.

Interviewed for BBC1 ‘Bang Goes the Theory’ Webcast interview on Robot Ethics, August 2011.

Article in New Scientist: Five roboethical principles - for humans, Issue 2811, 9 May 2011.

BBC R4 Material World, interviewed on Roboethics, 28 April 2011.

Radio interview for Liverpool City Radio (recorded), on likelihood of humanoid robots with rights, 12 April 2011.

Radio interviews for BBC Radio Bristol (live, 21 Feb) and Heart Radio (recorded, 22 Feb) on the FIRA world cup press release, 21 Feb 2011.

Quoted in 2010's Quotes of the Year, December 2010.

Extensively quoted in University Hits the Right Note, Engineering Opportunities 2011 supplement to Professional Engineering, November 2010.

Podcast Interview on Dependable Swarms for, November 2010.

Quoted in Ethical Dilemma: With the growing use of robotics in defence, experts are hoping for a new morality in warfare, Professional Engineering, Vol 25, No 17, 20 October 2010.

Interviewed for documentary on Love and Sex with Robots, July 2010.

Interviewed for National Geographic Channel documentary on Swarm Robotics, March 2010.

Bristol's Robotic Visions heads for Houses of Parliament, Bristol Evening Post, 8 March 2010.

Radio interview on Robotics Vision in Parliament for Star FM (recorded), 9 March 2010.

Quoted in Artificial intelligence: 55 years of research later - and where is AI now?,, February 2010.

Quoted in BBC Focus magazine, cover feature on Swarm Bots, BBC Focus issue no 213, February 2010.

Quoted in Artificial intelligence: The robots are coming but are we ready for them?,, January 2010.

Featured in half-hour documentary for Spanish TV company REDES, presented by Eduard Punset 'Aprender de los Robots', see Broadcast in Spain and Latin America, October 2009.

Radio interview for CityTalkFM, Roy Basnett (live), 18 August 2009.

Interviewed and quoted for article Scientists Fear a Revolt by Killer Robots, John Arlidge, Sunday Times, 2 August 2009.

On the same story:
  BBC Radio Wales interview (recorded), 3 August 2009.

  BBC Radio 4 Today programme (live) interview, with Prof Bart Selman (Cornell), 3 August 2009.

  Spin 1038 Radio Dublin (live) interview, 4 August 2009.

Interviewed by Nina Teggarty for More 4 News story on firefighting robots, 27 July 2009.

Interview on BBC Radio Wiltshire (live) to comment on monkey mind-control of robot arm, 13 July 2009.

Following Robotic Visions press release:

   Students Express Views about Robots (Visions Conference), Bristol Evening Post, 10 July 2009.

   Interview for Original Radio (recorded) to comment on Visions Conference, 7 July 2009.

Filmed for Spanish science TV programme Redes, interviewer Prof Eduard Punset, 1 July 2009.

Filmed for National Geographic channel documentary, 3 March 2009.

Interviewed for Noel Sharkey's Sheffield Live radio programme The Sound of Science, 6 Feb 2009.

Interviewed on 95bFM New Zealand, Sunday breakfast show (live), 1 Feb 2009.

Interviewed for Noel Sharkey's Sheffield Live radio programme The Sound of Science, 3 Oct 2008.

Interview for Hives Hopes, Cover Article in The Engineer, 16 June 2008.

Quoted in Robot nannies threat to childcare, Roger Highfield in Telegraph Science online, 5 June 2008

Interview on XFM radio breakfast show (live), 29 May 2008

BBC R4 Material World, interview about Swarm Intelligence with Nigel Franks, 8 May 2008. Podcast here.

Parliamentary seminar "Intelligent Robots in Science and Society", interview for podcast, 22 April 2008.

Following Symbrion Press Release:

  Print and online media:

Real Transformers may soon be at our service, David Derbyshire in the Daily Mail, 13 March 2008. Online version here.

Sugar-cube robots could team up and change shape, Ian Sample in the Guardian, 13 March 2008.

Swarms of Transformer-style robots to be built, Nic Fleming in the Telegraph, 13 March 2008.

Swarms of mini-robots to go where humans fear to tread, Lewis Smith in the Times, 13 March 2008.

The trouble with Swarm Intelligence, New Scientist technology blog, 13 March 2008.


Could we be swarmed by robots?, ITN lunchtime news, 13 March 2008 (recorded).

ITN interview on YouTube: Robots with a Mind of their own.


Live interviews (13 March 2008) for BBC Radio Bristol; BBC Radio 5 live; BBC Radio 2: Chris Evans' Drive Time.

Recorded interviews for GWR; Independent Radio News; BBC World Service: 'The World Today'; Talk News Canada; BBC Radio Wales.

National Science Week: Alien life begins at home, Roger Highfield in the Telegraph, 11 March 2008

Science, Big Questions, small answers The Times colour supplement, 8 March 2008

National Science and Engineering Week The Big Questions, 7-16 March 2008

Scientists Learn to Speak to the Public, Bristol Evening Post, 21 February 2008

Robots to Develop their Own Culture (in German) Welt Online, February 2008

Quoted in Shape-shifting robot forms from magnetic swarm New Scientist Technology, 29 January 2008

Interview on BBC 3 Counties Radio (live), 8 January 2008

Robots in Disguise - HERO, July 2007

Warning! Robots Ahead CBC news, 16 July 2007

If Only I Had a Brain The Age, 22 May 2007

Let's Dance Education Guardian, 1 May 2007

Guardian Science Weekly Podcast, 30 April 2007, with Noel Sharkey

Will Big Brother be Cultural Watershed for Robots?, Times Higher Education Supplement, 27 April 2007

Following press conference on 'Rights for Robots' at Science Media Centre:

    Human Rights for Robots? Times Online, 24 April 2007

    Robot Future Poses Hard Questions, 24 April 2007

    Robot Rights New Scientist Technology Blog, 24 April 2007

    Interviewed on BBC TV One o'clock News (live), 24 April 2007

    Interview, with Noel Sharkey, on BBC News 24, 24 April 2007

    08.53 Interview with Noel Sharkey on BBC R4 Today Programme, 24 April 2007

    Interviewed with Noel Sharkey on Radio 5 Live (Nicky Campbell show), 24 April 2007

Masters of their Fate, cover article in IET Engineering & Technology, April 2007

Learning to Walk with Robots, Bristol Magazine, March 2007

Editorial article in Electronics Weekly, Nick Flaherty, 31 January 2007

People, Times Higher Education Supplement, 20 October 2006

Physics Group Challenge Einstein and Newton, Bristol Evening Post, 5 May 2006

Robots Duo are Brunel for New Age, 21 April 2006

Interviewed by BBC Radio Northern Ireland (live), 21 February 2005.

Member of BBC Radio 5 Live panel debate on weaponised robots (Julian Worricker show), 20 February 2005

Day of the Robots Draws Nearer, Bristol Observer, 22 October 2004

Interview for documentary Sentient Machines, Robotic behavior for extended DVD edition of Hollywood movie i,Robot, 2004.

Interview about Grey Walter robot tortoises on BBC TV Points West (recorded), December 1999

Interview about Grey Walter robot tortoises on BBC Radio Bristol (live), December 1999