22. Do you consider that the event will attract press interest?:
23. If yes, please summarise up to 4 key points you think will be of press interest:
From our experience at other events, people love robots!
These ones are photogenic so they would be good for press photocalls.
They are also intelligent, in that they work together without human intervention, and their behaviours are modelled on animal behaviours. This makes them fascinating to children and adults in an immediate way.
In addition, the ideas behind the research raise some major questions: comparing technology to nature, casting new light on existing interpretations in the fields of biology, theology, meta-cognition, psychology, and philosophy.
24. Do you have any other comments you would like to make or information you would like to include?:
The team at Edinburgh Napier University is part of the EU project: Awareness http://www.aware-project.eu/about/cocoro/?phpMyAdmin=3p1mnrq4rgaaq3ilq5t5aw4dktbu1666
We are very keen to work with the British Science Festival on this public engagement project, and we are happy to discuss how to make this happen.