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Optimism: a conversation with Rodney Brooks

… Rodney Brooks is the founder and chairman of Heartland Robotics and a founder and board member and former CTO of iRobot Corp. He was also the former director of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab and then CSAIL.
… We discussed the need for a rob…

… Rodney Brooks is the founder and chairman of Heartland Robotics and a founder and board member and former CTO of iRobot Corp. He was also the former director of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab and then CSAIL.
… We discussed the need for a robotic solution to help small and medium-sized factories compete.
… We also talked about movement in the agricultural business towards automation and robotics.
… And about new funding opportunities for U.S. robotics research such as those recently announced by the Whitehouse Office of Science and Technology
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By Frank Tobe

Frank Tobe is the owner and publisher of The Robot Report After selling his business and retiring from 25+ years as a provider of computer direct marketing and consulting to the Democratic National Committee, major presidential and other campaigns and initiatives, he has energetically pursued a new career in researching and investing in robotics. In 2013 he co-founded Robo-STOX™ LLC (renamed in 2015 to ROBO-Global) and developed a tracking index for the robotics industry: the ROBO-Global™ Robotics & Automation Index.

Frank is a member of Robohub and also a panel member for panel member for Robohub's Robotics by Invitation series.