The Prince of Wales has expressed his deep concern about the dangers of artificial intelligence, as he warns of a world becoming “part human-part machine”.The Prince, interviewed ahead of his 70th birthday, said he “totally and utterly objects” to an “extraordinary trend” for seeking machines to replace human functions, worrying for the effects on people’s well-being.Saying he found it “crazy” to strive for ever-more integration of artificial intelligence and robotics with the human experience, he suggested it would eventually lead to people craving the return of traditional crafts.Speaking to GQ magazine, as he was awarded its lifetime achievement award for services to philanthropy, the Prince admitted he has previously been accused of being controversial simply for “trying to draw attention to things that aren’t necessarily part of the conventional viewpoint”.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––He has spent decades warning about the dangers of climate change and plastics, conceding: “My problem is I find there are too many things that need doing or battling on behalf of.” He is understood to be particularly worried about the loss of “human experience”, believing much of the joy of life impossible to replicate with technology.On Wednesday, at an event for his charity Children and the Arts, he spoke of the pleasure he took in watercolour painting, saying: “It makes you look and I think half the problem nowadays is not enough people are encouraged to observe and really look.” “The thing I find hardest now is to cope with this extraordinary trend that somehow we must become part human, part machine, which I totally and utterly object to,” he said.“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 has already set up a Foundation School of Traditional Arts, and has long emphasised the importance of preserving old skills. The Prince has this year undertaken public engagements to see and learn more about artificial intelligence, broadly welcoming its innovations.But, he suggested, he now feared for a loss of human interaction and experience. Prince Charles, interviewed by GQ The Prince of Wales at Dyson in Singapore, where he praised technological developmentsCredit:PA “He thinks we need to get rid of ‘this throwaway society’”, the magazine said, “and introduce something that ‘provides huge opportunities for people who want to set up small businesses [that] make, repair and maintain’.”The Prince indicated his growing concern about the consequences of technology during a speech at a Governor’s reception in Brisbane during a tour of Australia earlier this year.“As more and more clever technologies are developed in the the fields of robotics and artificial intelligence, it seems to me vital to remember that we ourselves are human beings and not machines and that the dignity of human work and interaction is essential to our psychological well-being,” he said. The Prince of WalesCredit:PA “I suspect it is therefore essential to consider very, very carefully the ethical issues around these developments before we end up with machines replacing people with all the disadvantages and dangers that flow from the law of unintended consequences.” The Prince of Wales photographed at Clarence HouseCredit:Matthew Brookes In an interview published in the October issue of GQ, out today, the Prince 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.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.