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Episode 18 – James Coglan gets inside the mind of Bees with Elli Leadbeater

This episode, killer robot designer James Coglan wants to know whether he can harness the power of insect intelligence to carry out his evil plans. Elli Leadbeater from Royal Holloway University

stalls for time until the cops arrive.

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Episode 17 – All Change, All Change, Rachel Souhami asks James Coglan about The Rise of The Robots

Brain Train driver Alice Bell steps aside and hands her whistle over, as our new co-host, museums polymath Rachel Souhami, steps up to the plate. It’s like when The Doctor regenerates.

In her inaugural episode, Rachel asks programmer James Coglan whether computers are going to kill us all, and host Martin Zaltz Austwick worries about robots kicking down his door.


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Episode 16 – Charlotte Riley asks Chris Good about the fairness of voting

On the eve of the Scottish Referendum, (thoroughly) modern historian Charlotte Riley ask pure mathematician Chris Good about the fairness of voting systems, host Alice Bell steers them onto sewage, badgers and her aunts, and Chris wonders aloud whether he’ll ever see a locally compact first countable Dowker Space in ZFC his lifetime. There is literally something for everyone.