If I ask you to imagine a state of the art, cutting edge 21st century robot – what is it closer to: R2D2 or Terminator?

Is it benign or malign? Clearly robotic or humanesque?

Why do I ask?

Mostly just because I’m interested. The image that springs to my mind is generally something akin to Terminator – a robot made in man’s image but with extra abilities (and perhaps not evil). I think that’s true for lots of people. But it’s also not particularly useful in the discussion about the current state of robotics.

Which is exactly what we’re going to look at today. Specifically, I’m going to show you how robots are being developed to work in our healthcare system and other industries – and you’re going to hear from several world leading experts in the field while we’re at it. Let’s get started…