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Ken Goldberg is a roboticist and artist. At UC Berkeley, he is Professor of Industrial Engineering and Operations Research (IEOR), with appointments in Electrical Engineering/Computer Science (EECS), Art Practice, the School of Information, and in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the UCSF Medical School. With his students and colleagues, Ken has published over 200 peer-reviewed technical papers on algorithms for robotics, automation, and social information filtering. Ken is Founding Director of UC Berkeley's Art, Technology, and Culture Lecture Series and Faculty Director of the CITRIS Data and Democracy Initiative. More info



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Automating repetitive surgical subtasks such as cutting and debridement canĀ facilitate supervised tele-surgery, andĀ reduce surgeon fatigue and procedure times. Programming these tasks can be difficult, however, in part because human tissue is deformable.

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Why do we fall in love with some technologies, while others creep us out?  Unravelling this mystery leads Ken Goldberg and Tiffany Shlain to vampires, zombies, and Sigmund Freud. Their new 5-minute documentary film combines cultural references with found footage to explore our ongoing fascination with unfamiliarity.

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“Why We Love Robots” is a 5-minute short documentary film co-directed by UC Berkeley Prof. Ken Goldberg and his wife, award-winning filmmaker Tiffany Shlain. The film was nominated for an Emmy Award and won a “Botscar” (Robot filmOscar) at the 2014 Robot Film Festival, and explores the human fascination with robots and new research trends in the field.