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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

Should autonomous cars be allowed to speed? Results from our reader poll

Our previous poll, which asked (among other questions) whether kids should be allowed to ride in autonomous vehicles by themselves, revealed that responsibility is a key issue for most people. Are we ...
09 June 2014, by

Automated Driving – Something Missing

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29 May 2014, by

Reader Poll: Should autonomous cars be allowed to speed?

We conducted two polls last month in collaboration with the Open Roboethics initiative to get a sense of what people think about autonomous cars. Our polls started some interesting discussions arou...

Kids with wheels: Should the unlicensed be allowed to ‘drive’ autonomous cars?

Share your opinion and take our next reader poll: Should autonomous cars be allowed to speed?Reader poll results: Earlier this month, when we asked people about your general thoughts on autonomous c...

Reader poll: Should the unlicensed be allowed to ‘drive’ an autonomous car?

Image from Wikimedia Commons Two weeks ago we published our first reader poll in collaboration with the Open Roboethics initiative in order to find out more about what people think about autono...


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What do people think about autonomous cars? Results from our reader poll

What do people think are the main advantages of owning an autonomous car? Do people think autonomous cars should be easily identifiable? How much money are people willing to pay for an autonomous car ...

Reader poll: What do you think about autonomous cars?

Today we drive our cars. In the future they’ll do the driving. Autonomous cars are no longer a far-off futuristic dream, but something that we can expect to see on the road within the next dec...
29 April 2014, by

Don’t blame technology for persistent unemployment | Slate

Posting on the Slate blog Future Tense, James Bessen takes issue with the notion that technology causes unemployment, illustrating his point by debunking a pair of frequently cited examples, textile w...
06 October 2013, by

Classroom robotics: Motivating independent learning and discovery

Sharon Marzouk with a class of excited youngsters and their Thymio-based creations. Sharon has found classroom robotics is an excellent motivator for independent learning and discovery: “The way I ...
03 October 2013, by

Mentors of Steel: The role of mentoring in robotics education

The Girls of Steel – a competitive FIRST team located in Pittsburg, PA – is on a mission to draw more young women into engineering. We've already heard what it's like to be part of an all-girls ro...
27 September 2013, by , and

Drones for Schools

To understand what the Drones for Schools program is, and how it came about, it helps to know a few things about my background. I didn't originally set out to be a STEM educator. I had some science ed...
24 September 2013, by

Getting started in robotics, an educational concern

I am profoundly convinced that if we are able to preserve the natural curiosity of early childhood in growing up individuals, without fail they will develop a durable attraction to science, technology...
23 September 2013, by

David Robert on “Do robots need heads?”

As a robot animator I can attest to the fact that robots don't "need" heads to be treated as social entities. Research has shown that people will befriend a stick as long as it moves properly [1]. ...
15 August 2013, by

Travis Deyle on “Do robots need heads?”

The obvious answer to this question is "No: there are lots of robots without heads." It's not even clear that social robots necessarily require a head, as even mundane robots like the Roomba are anthr...
15 August 2013, by

Videos of presentations at Ryerson University symposium on UAVs

On June 30th of this year, Ryerson University in Toronto held an event titled UAVs: Pros vs Cons Symposium. Some of the presentations have since been incorporated into a YouTube playlist by Nikola Dan...
11 August 2013, by

Calling all do-it-yourselfers: Robohub seeking contributions for focus series on “Getting Started in Robotics”

In light of the popularity of his AR.Drone tutorials, we have invited Robohub contributor Mike Hamer to act as Guest Editor for our next focus series "Getting Started in Robotics." Like many ch...
08 August 2013, by

SUSBEXPO: The first unmanned systems business conference

SUSBEXPO is the first conference about unmanned systems to really focus on the growing commercial opportunities of this market. AUVSI put on a spectacular annual show, but it is predominantly militar...
27 July 2013, by

Research Days: Multi-UAV systems

Autonomously flying robots — also called small-scale unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) — are more and more exploited in civil and commercial applications for monitoring, surveillance, and disaster r...
17 July 2013, by and

Boston is actually living up to the hype this year!

The definitive list of private funding in robotics--or at least the most widely cited is the Hizook VC Funding for Robotics list.  The list for 2012 is out.   Please help make it complete by adding...
11 June 2013, by

iRobot unveils new AVA 500 mobile robot for professionals

New iRobot AVA 500, planned for 2014 delivery, navigates autonomously and can be sent from point A to B using an iPad....
11 June 2013, by

Boston bombings show future use for drones | Tulsa World

Boston Police Chief Edward F. Davis said he wants to use drones at next year's Boston Marathon, calling them "a good idea." Using a drone to pursue fleeing suspects like the Tsarnaev brothers would b...
10 May 2013, by

Smart vehicles are here: Can government keep pace? | NY Times Energy for Tomorrow Conference

The pressures are building for safer and smarter vehicles on our roads, raising questions about the national, state and local policies that will emerge. Several states are already early adopters of le...
29 April 2013, by

Campaign to Stop Killer Robots: Let’s all stop them, shall we?

Killer robots. Looking at the two words together is enough to conjure up images of chaos and destruction.  They're an image far too familiar in science fiction settings such as Isaac Asimov or Ar...
27 April 2013, by

Rethink Robotics and Aldebaran both launch robots for research, teaching and custom development

Rethink Robotics just launched a version of their Baxter robot armed with a new SDK providing educators and researchers with almost limitless capabilities at an affordable cost. Using ROS and the new ...
26 April 2013, by

Stopping the deployment of “killer robots” | Humans Rights Watch

In November last year, the Human Rights Watch released the "Losing Humanity" report (which we've already covered on Robohub). This report discussed the role of robots in armed conflict, summarized th...
23 April 2013, by

Ryan Calo on spyware for your brain

Ryan Calo discusses how researchers at Oxford, Geneva, and Berkeley have created a proof of concept for using commercially available brain-computer interfaces to discover private facts about today's g...
18 April 2013, by

Robohub focus: Dealing with the ‘jobs’ question

For the next week, Robohub will host a special focus on robots and jobs, featuring original articles from leading experts in the fields of robotics and automation. The goal of the series is to explore...
15 April 2013, by

The great equalizer: How robotics frees manufacturers from consolidating in low-wage nations

These days it is hard to read an article about the future of robots that does not include a reference to jobs. As a pure roboticist I object to the constant connection between the two, but as a concer...
15 April 2013, by

Mark Tilden on “Do robots kill jobs?”

Robots do kill jobs but they're crappy jobs, so good riddance.  If you've ever had a job you were desperate for the money, but immediately regretted after you got it, then you know what I mean. ...
14 April 2013, by







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