Slightly disappointing, I wasn’t interviewed in the end but I did have some of my robot progeny filmed with me in the background.  A colleague, Andy, did the interview instead.

What it came down to was that they only needed one person and Andy is more senior (he has his PhD) so he is more appropriate to represent the university on TV.  Better to have ‘Dr P…’ than ‘Student Bill’.

Shame, I was looking forward to that, but it was the right decision.

On the plus side, I now have some smart new trousers!


Just spend the afternoon organising for an interview with the BBC.  HSBC recently released a ‘Future Business’ report that claimed that Brighton would be a future technology super-city and that robots would be a key technology for the UK economy. So I get to stand in front of a camera and talk about robots for the Politics Show in our region.

Cool? Possibly, but also anxiety generating and I need to look smart so my wife has demanded that I submit to her will and come shopping for a new outfit. I need to start charging batteries so I can show them some robots as well.

As is the way with media interviews I expect that lots of time and effort preparing and talking will result in a few seconds of screen time. Now the big question is what my work title should be. As I don’t have my PhD yet I won’t be Dr but I could be ‘Researcher’ or perhaps ‘Robotics Engineer’.

I quite like the idea of being called a ‘Robot Scientist’ because some people might take it to mean that I am a robot who is a scientist.

Now where did I leave that tinfoil hat …