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Alex Leveringhaus, author of a recent Oxford Martin School policy paper titled Robo-Wars: The Regulation of Robotic Weapons discusses the ethics of autonomous weapons, urges governments to recognise the increasing prominence of these weapons in contemporary and future forms of warfare, and proposes steps towards suitable regulation.
Robots that interact with everyday users may need a combination of speech, gaze, and gesture behaviors to convey their message effectively. This is similar to human-human interactions except that every behavior the robot displays must be designed and programmed ahead of time. In other words, designers of robot applications must understand how each of these behaviors contributes to the robot’s effectiveness so that they can determine which behaviors must be included in the application’s design.
Our newest video interview features PhD student Joydeep Biswas, who works with Dr. Manuela Veloso’s CORAL research group, and scientist Brian Coltin, who is at NASA’s Ames Intelligent Research group since graduating from his PhD at Carnegie Mellon under Dr. Manuela Veloso’s supervision.
One of the driving forces of social, interactive robotics is the issue of impending labour shortage, which is projected to be one of the major and inevitable consequences of the ageing population phenomenon. As previously discussed by Colin Lewis, the world and its ageing workforce need robots: governments and institutions alike are addressing the ageing population as a global concern, and robotics could provide a means to address a number of the social issues that come with it.
A new action/sci-fi thriller by Neill Blomkamp (District 9, Elysium) is due in theatres March 6, 2015. Starring Sharlto Copley, Hugh Jackman, Dev Patel, and Sigourney Weaver, Chappie follows an experimental humanoid as it learns to think and feel for itself, and explores the resulting awe and fear that comes from the humans that encounter it on its path to “the next step in evolution”. Watch the trailer.
What is a social robot supposed to look like? We have asked ourselves this question many times during the last year. HUGE design was fortunate enough to be partnered with the Jibo team and tasked with creating the industrial design/look and feel for Jibo. At first, it seemed that our lack of experience designing anything remotely close to a robot might be a problem. We quickly learned however that this product needed to be unlike any existing robot, and a fresh industrial design was going to be a crucial part in defining this new socially charged experience for users.
As our homes become increasingly automated, will we eventually be living inside what is essentially a robot? Given that smart homes can collect data and learn about your daily habits, and come up with the optimum time to turn on/off different devices in the home, what should this giant robot optimize for?
While 75% of readers said that they’d want a robot “to help me with house chores” vs. only 19% who said they would want one as a companion for themselves or their family, the majority see the whole family, including their parents/grandparents and children, as benefitting from home robots in the future.