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by   -   May 22, 2015

data_eye_privacyIn episode eleven we chat with Neil Lawrence from the University of Sheffield. We talk about the problems of privacy in the age of machine learning, and the responsibilities that come with using machine learning tools and making data more open. We learn about the Markov decision process (and what happens when you use it in the real world and it becomes a partially observable Markov decision process) and take a listener question about finding insights into features in the black boxes of deep learning.

by   -   October 15, 2014

While the past decade has witnessed the emergence of various prototypes and research projects involving bathing robots, the public acceptance of the concept seems to largely depend on one socially sensitive topic: privacy.

interview by   -   March 7, 2014

What does it mean to have giants like Google, Apple and Amazon investing in robotics? Since last December, Google alone has acquired a handful of companies in robotics, home automation and artificial intelligence. This can be pretty exciting for robotics. But what exactly is the internet giant planning to do with this technology? Is there something we should be worried about? If there is, what can we do about it?

by   -   December 3, 2013

The content of this page is an official policy approved by the ROBOTS Association. ROBOTS Association maintains the highest level of respect for the privacy of its donors. In furtherance of our commitment to honor your rights, we have developed this Donor Privacy Policy to guide our staff and volunteers on how they may and may not use your personal information.

What information we collect

We use personal information collected from donors for the purposes of processing payments and communicating with donors about the ROBOTS Association as well as conducting the fundraising and other operations of the ROBOTS Association. This information may include name, amount donated, address, telephone number, donor comments, e-mail address, and any other personal information provided to us (“Donor Data”). For donations by check, Donor Data also includes the data visible on the check.

As part of providing an online experience expected by our donors, we may store various data that are collected as part of standard web operations (including things like user agent strings, ip addresses, referrer strings, and cookies). We may use this data for purposes described in this policy, including analytical needs and improved functionality of our website. We make limited use of cookies, including third party cookies (such as cookies from payment processors), to track sessions, help store data, and fulfill the purposes set out in this policy. You can prevent or delete our cookies by adapting your browser settings, although this will likely affect the functionality of the website.

Payment Processors and Other Service Providers. Payment processors allow donors to give electronically using a payment services account, a credit card, or other payment method. These processors collect certain information from donors, and you should consult their privacy policies to determine their practices.

To provide donors the best possible experience, we work with service providers and may share Donor Data and other information with, or have it transmitted through, them. Such service providers include, for example, collocation facilities and bandwidth providers as well as organizations that help non-profit organizations with fundraising.

How we use that information

Donor Data. Donor Data may be used for these kinds of purposes:

  • Distributing receipts and thanking donors for donations

  • Informing donors about upcoming fundraising and other activities of the ROBOTS Association

  • Internal analysis, such as research and analytics

  • Record keeping

  • Reporting to applicable government agencies as required by law

  • Surveys, metrics, and other analytical purposes

  • Other purposes related to the fundraising operations

Unless otherwise stated, we do not publish, sell, trade, or rent Donor Data. Anonymized donor information may be used for promotional and fundraising activities. Comments that are provided by donors may be publicly published and may be used in promotional materials. We may use available information to supplement the Donor Data to improve the information we use to drive our fundraising efforts. We may allow donors the option to have their name publicly associated with their donation unless otherwise requested as part of the online donation process.

We use data gathered for payment processors and other service providers only for the purposes described in this policy.

Financial information

It is our internal policy to limit access to financial information to professional staff and volunteers who need to process that information for the purposes described above. Personal financial information is not sold to or traded with other parties.

We use partners to provide online payment processing services. Usually, the privacy policies of these organizations will be presented to you on their respective websites and typically also as part of your donation process. If you pay by credit card, we do not store your credit card information, bank account numbers, or other financial account data sent directly to those processing services.

Contact us

If you have questions about this Donor Privacy Policy or requests about the status and correctness of your donor data, please email info -at- robohub.org or write to:

ROBOTS Association

Ruetihofstr. 34

CH-8049 Zurich

Switzerland

Security

We are committed to protecting donor personal information from unauthorized access, alteration, disclosure, or destruction. Among other things, we undertake a range of security practices, including measures to help secure web access to sensitive data and undertake efforts to address security vulnerabilities for various tools and databases.

Other Disclosures

We may disclose information when required by law; when needed to protect our rights, privacy, safety, property, donors, or users; and when necessary to enforce our terms of service.

Updates

We may change the Donor Privacy Policy from time to time. Any and all changes will be reflected on this page. Substantive changes may also be announced through the standard mechanisms by which we communicate with our users and community. You should periodically check this page for any changes to the current policy.

Data Destination

ROBOTS Association is a worldwide organization. By donating, you consent to the transfer of the collected information to Switzerland and other places as may be necessary to carry out the purposes and objectives set out in this policy.

Data Retention

We seek to retain donor-related information only as needed to fulfill the purposes described in this policy unless a longer retention period is required by law or regulations. For example, tax laws in Switzerland may require the Association to keep contact information and contribution level of donors on file.

Rights

You have certain rights with respect to the information we collect about you. Upon request, we will tell you what information we hold about you and correct any incorrect information. We will also make reasonable efforts to delete your information if you ask us to do so, unless we are otherwise required to keep it.

Last Updated November, 2013

Tax deductibility

Switzerland

Robohub is produced by the ROBOTS Association, a non-profit established in Switzerland according to Swiss law Article 60 ff. ZGB with headquarters in Zurich. The purpose of the association is to provide high quality educational information to the robotics community and the general public. Furthermore, in accordance with Swiss law, organizations or associations, which carry out a commercial activity and have an annual turnover in excess of CHF 100’000 are required to register with the Geneva Trade Register. Such registration disallows contributions from being tax deductible; therefore, Swiss citizens who donate to the ROBOTS Association will not benefit from tax deductible status.

Other countries

Robohub is produced by the ROBOTS Association, a non-profit established in Switzerland according to Swiss law Article 60 ff. ZGB, and for that reason, donations from persons or entities located outside Switzerland may not be eligible for tax deductions; in such cases, donors should seek local tax advice. Importantly, ROBOTS Association does not seek donations from persons or entities located in any jurisdiction that prohibits or restricts fundraising activities by international charities such as the ROBOTS Association or applies gift taxes on donations made to such international charities.

by   -   December 3, 2013

The content of this page is an official policy approved by the ROBOTS Association. ROBOTS Association maintains the highest level of respect for the privacy of its donors. In furtherance of our commitment to honor your rights, we have developed this Donor Privacy Policy to guide our staff and volunteers on how they may and may not use your personal information.

What information we collect

We use personal information collected from donors for the purposes of processing payments and communicating with donors about the ROBOTS Association as well as conducting the fundraising and other operations of the ROBOTS Association. This information may include name, amount donated, address, telephone number, donor comments, e-mail address, and any other personal information provided to us (“Donor Data”). For donations by check, Donor Data also includes the data visible on the check.

As part of providing an online experience expected by our donors, we may store various data that are collected as part of standard web operations (including things like user agent strings, ip addresses, referrer strings, and cookies). We may use this data for purposes described in this policy, including analytical needs and improved functionality of our website. We make limited use of cookies, including third party cookies (such as cookies from payment processors), to track sessions, help store data, and fulfill the purposes set out in this policy. You can prevent or delete our cookies by adapting your browser settings, although this will likely affect the functionality of the website.

Payment Processors and Other Service Providers. Payment processors allow donors to give electronically using a payment services account, a credit card, or other payment method. These processors collect certain information from donors, and you should consult their privacy policies to determine their practices.

To provide donors the best possible experience, we work with service providers and may share Donor Data and other information with, or have it transmitted through, them. Such service providers include, for example, collocation facilities and bandwidth providers as well as organizations that help non-profit organizations with fundraising.

How we use that information

Donor Data. Donor Data may be used for these kinds of purposes:

  • Distributing receipts and thanking donors for donations

  • Informing donors about upcoming fundraising and other activities of the ROBOTS Association

  • Internal analysis, such as research and analytics

  • Record keeping

  • Reporting to applicable government agencies as required by law

  • Surveys, metrics, and other analytical purposes

  • Other purposes related to the fundraising operations

Unless otherwise stated, we do not publish, sell, trade, or rent Donor Data. Anonymized donor information may be used for promotional and fundraising activities. Comments that are provided by donors may be publicly published and may be used in promotional materials. We may use available information to supplement the Donor Data to improve the information we use to drive our fundraising efforts. We may allow donors the option to have their name publicly associated with their donation unless otherwise requested as part of the online donation process.

We use data gathered for payment processors and other service providers only for the purposes described in this policy.

Financial information

It is our internal policy to limit access to financial information to professional staff and volunteers who need to process that information for the purposes described above. Personal financial information is not sold to or traded with other parties.

We use partners to provide online payment processing services. Usually, the privacy policies of these organizations will be presented to you on their respective websites and typically also as part of your donation process. If you pay by credit card, we do not store your credit card information, bank account numbers, or other financial account data sent directly to those processing services.

Contact us

If you have questions about this Donor Privacy Policy or requests about the status and correctness of your donor data, please email info -at- robohub.org or write to:

ROBOTS Association

Ruetihofstr. 34

CH-8049 Zurich

Switzerland

Security

We are committed to protecting donor personal information from unauthorized access, alteration, disclosure, or destruction. Among other things, we undertake a range of security practices, including measures to help secure web access to sensitive data and undertake efforts to address security vulnerabilities for various tools and databases.

Other Disclosures

We may disclose information when required by law; when needed to protect our rights, privacy, safety, property, donors, or users; and when necessary to enforce our terms of service.

Updates

We may change the Donor Privacy Policy from time to time. Any and all changes will be reflected on this page. Substantive changes may also be announced through the standard mechanisms by which we communicate with our users and community. You should periodically check this page for any changes to the current policy.

Data Destination

ROBOTS Association is a worldwide organization. By donating, you consent to the transfer of the collected information to Switzerland and other places as may be necessary to carry out the purposes and objectives set out in this policy.

Data Retention

We seek to retain donor-related information only as needed to fulfill the purposes described in this policy unless a longer retention period is required by law or regulations. For example, tax laws in Switzerland may require the Association to keep contact information and contribution level of donors on file.

Rights

You have certain rights with respect to the information we collect about you. Upon request, we will tell you what information we hold about you and correct any incorrect information. We will also make reasonable efforts to delete your information if you ask us to do so, unless we are otherwise required to keep it.

Last Updated November, 2013

Tax deductibility

Switzerland

Robohub is produced by the ROBOTS Association, a non-profit established in Switzerland according to Swiss law Article 60 ff. ZGB with headquarters in Zurich. The purpose of the association is to provide high quality educational information to the robotics community and the general public. Furthermore, in accordance with Swiss law, organizations or associations, which carry out a commercial activity and have an annual turnover in excess of CHF 100’000 are required to register with the Geneva Trade Register. Such registration disallows contributions from being tax deductible; therefore, Swiss citizens who donate to the ROBOTS Association will not benefit from tax deductible status.

Other countries

Robohub is produced by the ROBOTS Association, a non-profit established in Switzerland according to Swiss law Article 60 ff. ZGB, and for that reason, donations from persons or entities located outside Switzerland may not be eligible for tax deductions; in such cases, donors should seek local tax advice. Importantly, ROBOTS Association does not seek donations from persons or entities located in any jurisdiction that prohibits or restricts fundraising activities by international charities such as the ROBOTS Association or applies gift taxes on donations made to such international charities.

by   -   August 19, 2013

On August 6th, I had the honor of testifying in front of the California State Assembly Public Safety Committee on regulation of drones, by the state of California.  The committee is considering several bills that have been introduced on the regulation of drones particularly with respect to privacy and law enforcement use.

by   -   July 3, 2013

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This article considers privacy in robotic systems (such as personal service robotics) as being of greater importance than privacy in telecommunications (such as Internet). We will return to our regularly scheduled program – about gestures and body language – next month.

Let’s say a white box showed up on your doorstep and you open it up and find a little humanoid robot made by Google. A GoogleBot! The brightly-colored pamphlet says that the little disk of a device will vacuum your floor, all for the same cost as your Gmail account: free.

by   -   March 25, 2013

Last week the US Senate Committee on the Judiciary heard from witnesses Benjamin Miller, Amie Stepanovich, Michael Tosocano and Prof. Ryan Calo on “The Future of Drones in America: Law Enforcement and Privacy Considerations.”

Iranian state-run media released a video purporting to show an Iranian drone flying close to an American aircraft carrier in the Persian Gulf.

According to Scientific American, NASA is using a Global Hawk, a high-altitude long-endurance drone, to study El Niño.

interview by   -   January 22, 2016

200_episodes

In this episode, we celebrate our 200th episode! That’s over 6000 minutes of robot goodness and nearly 8 years releasing interviews with your favorite roboticists. The podcast is all volunteer run, a special thanks to everyone on the team who’s made this possible! And thanks to all of you for listening in all these years.

To celebrate, our president Audrow Nash has invited a team of old-timers from the podcast team, and one of our favorite recurring guests, Rodney Brooks from Rethink Robotics.

At the 2016 Consumer Electronics Show, Intel Corporation CEO Brian Krzanich released footage of a display that set the Guinness World Record for most drones in the air at a time.

The U.S. Marine Corps canceled the Legged Squad Support System program due to noise issues and other concerns. The LS3, also known as the robotic mule, was a highly publicized autonomous mechanical pack animal, capable of carrying up to 400 lb. of supplies and gear.