From Roombas to drones, scientists are developing machines to be more and more self-sufficient. But even if they’re programmed to do good—what happens when something goes wrong? If a robot ‘accidentally’ kills someone, who’s to blame? Josh Zepps interviews the following guests:
Peter Asaro @PeterAsaro (New York, NY) Professor at The New School
David Hanson (Dallas, TX) Robotics Designer
Noel Sharkey @StopTheRobotWar (Sheffield, United Kingdom) Professor of Artificial Intelligence and Robotics
Rachel Vanlandingham (St. Petersburg, FL) Assistant Professor of Law
Mary Wareham @marywareham (Washington, DC) Director of the Arms division of Human Rights Watch
Researchers at ETH Zurich and the Swiss Federal research institute WSL have developed a flying device that can land on tree branches to take samples. This opens up a new dimension for scientists previously reserved for biodiversity researchers.
Robots were on the main expo floor at CES this year, and these weren’t just cool robots for marketing purposes. I’ve been tracking robots at CES for more than 10 years, watching the transition from robot toys to real robots.
In this week's episode of the Robot Talk podcast, host Claire Asher chatted to Professor Dan Stoyanov from University College London all about robotic vision, surgical robotics, and artificial intelligence.