Robot Wars returns: How killer AI has become terrifyingly commonplace

Andrew Griffiths “Before smartphones, before drones, before Instagram – we had Robot Wars!” So rumbles the ominous tones of the Hollywood-style voice-over for the Robot Wars trailer, marking the imminent return of the show to our TV screens this weekend after a 12 year rest. The new series, which sees robots designed by amateur and professional contestants fighting to the death in a gladiatorial arena rigged with boobytraps, is to be presented by Dara O’Briain and Angela Scanlon. It also returns to its original home of the BBC, after a brief swivel over to Channel 5 for a single, unsuccessful run in 2004. The first series of Robot Wars was broadcast by the BBC in 1998 and presented, unbelievably, by Jeremy Clarkson. But it was Craig Charles who moved in to sprinkle some Red…


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