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Seeing like a Rover, with Janet Vertessi

Robohub Podcast · Seeing like a Rover In this episode, Audrow Nash speaks with Janet Vertessi, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Princeton, on her book Seeing Like a Rover: How Robots, Teams, ...
28 April 2020, by

Transience, Replication, and the Paradox of Social Robotics

with Guy Hoffman Robotics Researcher, Cornell University An Art, Technology, and Culture Colloquium, co-sponsored by the Center for New Music and Audio Technologies and CITRIS People and Robot...
30 October 2019, by
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On Design in Human-Robot Interaction, with Bilge Mutlu

In this episode, Audrow Nash interviews Bilge Mutlu, Associate Professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, about design-thinking in human-robot interaction. Professor Mutlu discusses design-th...
24 June 2019, by
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Robotarium: A Robotics Lab Accessible to All, with Magnus Egerstedt

In this episode, Audrow Nash interview Magnus Egerstedt, Professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology, about a way for anyone interested in swarm robotics to test their ideas on hardware, called...
02 September 2018, by
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DJI’s RoboMaster FPS Competition, with Shuo Yang

In this episode, Audrow Nash interviews Shuo Yang about DJI's RoboMaster first-person shooter (FPS) competition, a competition designed to get people excited about robotics. For the competition, univ...
21 July 2018, by
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Socially Assistive Robots, with Maja Matarić

In this episode, Audrow Nash speaks with Maja Matarić, a professor at the University of Southern California and the Chief Science Officer of Embodied, about socially assistive robotics. Socially ass...
19 March 2018, by


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Does the next industrial revolution spell the end of manufacturing jobs?

By Jeff Morgan, Trinity College Dublin Robots have been taking our jobs since the 1960s. So why are politicians and business leaders only now becoming so worried about robots causing mass unemploym...
25 July 2017, by
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Robot Academy, with Peter Corke

In this episode, Audrow Nash interviews Peter Corke, Professor of Robotics at the Queensland University of Technology and Director of the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision, about Robot Academy. Rob...
22 July 2017, by

Why it’s difficult to trust robots

Robots raise all kinds of concerns. They could steal our jobs, as some experts think. And if artificial intelligence grows, it might even be tempted to enslave us, or to annihilate the whole of humani...
19 April 2017, by

The legal issues of robotics

Robots are the technology of the future. But the current legal system is incapable of handling them. This generic statement is often the premise for considerations about the possibility of awarding ri...
06 April 2017, by

Asimov’s laws of robotics are not the moral guidelines they appear to be

Seventy-five years ago, the celebrated science fiction writer Isaac Asimov published a short story called Runaround. Set on Mercury, it features a sophisticated robot nicknamed Speedy that has been or...
29 March 2017, by

At what point should an intelligent machine be considered a person?

Science fiction likes to depict robots as autonomous machines, capable of making their own decisions and often expressing their own personalities. Yet we also tend to think of robots as property, and ...
22 February 2017, by

How will farmers and robots work together?

Let's assume, for a moment, that the vision I've laid out in this blog is ridiculously successful, and, over the next few decades, robotic devices take over all aspects of tending land and crops and h...
03 February 2017, by

MIT Media Lab to participate in $27 million initiative on AI ethics and governance

The MIT Media Lab and the Berkman Klein Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University will serve as the founding anchor institutions for a new initiative aimed at bridging the gap between the ...
10 January 2017, by

A report on the ELS Workshop 2016

The Ethical, Legal and Social Aspects of Social Robots in Healthcare and Education Workshop (also called ELS Workshop) was held in Yokohama the 14th Nov 2016 during the JSAI-isAI Conference. The works...

Looking towards service robotics in 2017

Sophisticated household robots are only just starting to show up in our lives, but all the building blocks for a veritable “Cambrian explosion” of robotics are there, as Gill Pratt described it wh...
30 December 2016, by

Ethically Aligned Design

Having been involved in roboethics for some years, I was delighted when the IEEE launched its initiative on Ethical Considerations in AI and Autonomous Systems, early this year. Especially so because ...
27 December 2016, by
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Speech-Controlled Wheelchair, with Vladimir Stanovov

In this episode, Christina Brester interviews Vladimir Stanovov, PhD student and researcher at the Siberian State Aerospace University (Krasnoyarsk, Russia). Stanovov speaks about a speech-controlled ...
23 December 2016, by

One being for two origins: A new perspective on roboethics

The concept One Being for Two Origins, from the teachings of Buddha, considers the unification of technology, nature, and human beings. It emerges from the theory of the three aspects: The values of t...
08 December 2016, by

Why watching Westworld’s robots should make us question ourselves

For a sci-fi fan like me, fascinated by the nature of human intelligence and the possibility of building life-like robots, it’s always interesting to find a new angle on these questions. As a re-ima...
21 October 2016, by

The new Westworld: Humanizing the un-human, or dehumanizing humankind?

HBO’s latest offering (on SkyAtlantic here in the UK) is an update of Michael Crichton‘s 1973 film Westworld; this time brought to us as a ten-part television series by sci-fi re-booter extraordin...
18 October 2016, by
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Project Ngulia: From Phone to Drone, with Fredrik Gustafsson

In this episode, Audrow Nash interviews Fredrik Gustafsson, Professor in Sensor Informatics at Department of Electrical Engineering in Linköping University, about an initiative to reduce poaching in ...
06 August 2016, by

How to hire women

It’s super hard to find skilled people willing to work for robotics companies in Silicon Valley. Even though robotics is awesome and going to change the world. Because big companies with big payche...
18 April 2016, by and
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Robots and Communication, with Eleanor Sandry

Transcript included. In this episode, Ron Vanderkley speaks with Dr. Eleanor Sandry of Curtin University about her new book Robots and Communication. In the interview, we explore human to anim...
21 August 2015, by

Reader poll: How do you feel about “Swarms of Autonomous Cars”?

A few of days ago, WIRED and Robohub covered a story about “Largest Swarm of Robots” and how self-organizing algorithms can be used by robots to form certain shapes. This inspired us to see wha...
19 August 2014, by

Reader poll: Should an autonomous car be able to drive w/o a human passenger?

A couple of months ago, we asked our readers whether three different unlicensed groups of individuals should be able to ride in autonomous cars alone. The individuals were: a child under the legal dr...
05 August 2014, by

My (autonomous) car, my safety: Results from our reader poll

You are travelling along a single lane mountain road in an autonomous car that is approaching a narrow tunnel. You are the only passenger of the car....
30 June 2014, by

Autonomous vehicles: A powerful tool if you can get the problem right

“When the American people, through their Congress, voted for a twenty-six-billion-dollar highway program, the most charitable thing to assume is that they hadn’t the faintest notion of what they w...
25 June 2014, by

If death by autonomous car is unavoidable, who should die? Reader poll results

Image credit: Craig Berry Life and death decisions make interesting thought experiments. When you throw an autonomous car into the mix, things get even more interesting....
23 June 2014, by

Reader poll: If a death by an autonomous car is unavoidable, who should die?

Image source: Karora via Wikipedia. There may be times when an accident or a death is unavoidable while an autonomous car is controlling the wheel. What should an autonomous car do when such ...
10 June 2014, by







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