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AJung Moon is a Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering at the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. She recently completed her Master’s in Applied Science at UBC where she designed robots to ‘hesitate’ when it is about to collide into people. Prior to entering the world of research, she received her Honours Mechatronics Engineering degree and a minor in Philosophy from the University of Waterloo. Her interdisciplinary interests in exploring how robots affect people and how this knowledge should inform interactive robot design fuels her passion in human-robot interaction and roboethics. She has been passionate about discussing roboethics issues since undergrad, and has been blogging about social, legal, and ethical issues pertaining to robotics on Roboethics Info Database.

by   -   April 24, 2013

2013-04-10 13.47.34On April 10th, Robot Block Party 2013 took place right after We Robot conference.

Of course, I had an extra day to spend at Stanford University after the conference and couldn’t miss out on the event.

The fun really began when I got there. I was greeted by a gigantic inflatable Keepon, followed by booth after booth of robots. Among them were Puzzlebox, a robot controlled using EEG, PR2 from Willow Garage, and a self-driving car demonstrating LIDAR technology from Velodyne. With a lot of help from Dr. Peter Asaro, an expert in roboethics and professor at The New School, and my labmate Mr. Ergun Calisgan from the CARIS lab (University of British Columbia) I captured some of the highlights from Robot Block Party on video.

by   -   March 29, 2013

Robot Futures is a new book written by Dr. Illah Nourbakhsh, a professor at Carnegie Mellon University who has been teaching roboethics at the university for many years. According to Dr. Noel Sharkey, this book is “[a]n exhilarating dash into the future of robotics from a scholar with the enthusiasm of a bag of monkeys. It is gripping from the start with little sci-fi stories in each chapter punching home points backed up forcefully by factual reality. This is an entertaining tour de force that will appeal to anyone with an interest in robots.”

by   -   November 6, 2012

This past weekend, I have been a little bit occupied with the idea of self-awareness and robots. The above video is just for fun of course. But this post isn’t really about the video and how entertaining it is (sorry if I disappointed you). Rather, it’s more about the idea of self-aware robots and our use of the word ‘self-awareness’ (and other similar words) when it comes to talking about robots.

Let’s get started.