The 69-year-old has spoken out against society’s increasing reliance on artificial intelligence and outlined his hopes for a return to tradition.
He said: “The thing I find hardest now is to cope with this extra-ordinary trend that somehow we must become part human, part machine, which I totally and utterly object to.
“It is crazy to go that far because I think, ironically, the more AI and robotics they want to introduce, the more people will rediscover the importance of the traditional crafts, the directly human things that are crafted by humans and not by machines.”
The Prince of Wales was presented with a Lifetime Achievement gong for Services to Philanthropy at the GQ Men of the Year Awards at South London’s Tate Modern art gallery on Wednesday and he was speaking out in the latest issue of the glossy men’s magazine.
He also admitted his concerns about how various environmental issues were being tackled.
He said: “My problem is I find there are too many things that need doing or battling on behalf of, just the number of things that are under threat all the time as a result of some fashion or other. I have seen it happen so often.
“It goes around for 20 or 25 years and then you get a sudden panic as something has gone and then you try to bring it back, at which point it costs a fortune, instead of trying to maintain the things that are essential to our lives as human beings.”
Charles also confessed his frustrations that his views often go unrecognised.
He said: “You are accused of being controversial just because you are trying to draw attention to things that aren’t necessarily part of the conventional viewpoint.
“That’s not always a bad thing, but it’s odd because I have always believed that living on a finite planet means we have to recognise that this puts certain constraints and limits on our human ambition in order to maintain the viability of the planet.”
Prince Charles is no stranger to AI. On a 2008 trip to Japan he was introduced to a humanoid robot called Asimo, in Tokyo’s Miraikan Museum.
The machine, which resembled a mini astronaut, performed a dance and addressed the prince in a high-pitched voice before waving at him with both hands.