Stanley the robot can walk, talk, recognise faces and play golf -- but what he really wants to do is act.
The humanoid robot will lend his voicebox to a forthcoming BBC radio adaptation of Isaac Asimov's "I, Robot" stories. "Outcasts" and "Cold feet" star Hermione Norris leads the human cast as Stevie, a psychologist raised by an android, who encounters various rogue robots. In a shocking case of typecasting, Stanley voices an android extra.
The series of five 15-minute plays will be broadcast on BBC Radio 4 at 10:45 a.m. each day throughout the week of 6 February, with an omnibus on Saturday 11 February.
Stanley Qubit -- to give him his full name -- is a humanoid robot built by Aldebaran Robotics. He's owned by technology journalist and author Chris Middleton, who will also appear in the radio show.
"I, Robot" is a 1950 collection of nine short stories that originally appeared in sci-fi magazines in the 1940s. It was in these stories that Asimov first coined his legendary Three Laws of Robotics outlining a moral code for artificial beings. Today, those laws influence thinking around real artificial intelligence, including .
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