The Quest for Mechanical Man

A statue of the robot Maria from the 1927 film “Metropolis” in Babelsberg, Germany

For centuries, we have been obsessed with creating machines just like us. In this program, we look at how our expectations of machines changed over the years. Do we want robots to be our slaves, or our friends? If a robot has the capacity to learn and to remember, does switching them off amount to killing? When does a machine achieve personhood? What do we learn about ourselves when we build robots? And what do robots teach us about God.

Produced and presented for Vox Humana by Dheera Sujan

Euroquest 2 May 2005