I hope we'll see robots landing on Mars tomorrow. I have my boarding pass and will be travelling virtually alongside. Scheduled arrival beginning 11:15am Thursday February 18 2021 with touchdown at 12:55pm PST. After nearly 300 million miles, our Perseverance rover completes its journey to Mars on Thursday, Feb. 18. To reach the surface of … Continue reading Happy Mars Day!
Should robots be gendered? Comments on Alan Winfield’s opinion
The gendering of robots is something I've found fascinating since I first started building robots out of legos with my brother. We all ascribe character to robots, consciously or not, even when we understand exactly how robots work. Until recently we've been able to write this off as science fiction stuff, because real robots were … Continue reading Should robots be gendered? Comments on Alan Winfield’s opinion
Why we need a Robot Registry
Robots are rolling out into the real world and we need to meet the emerging challenges in responsible fashion but one that doesn't block innovation. At the recent ARM Developers Summit 2020 I shared my suggestions for five practical steps that we could undertake at a regional, national or global level as part of the … Continue reading Why we need a Robot Registry
The Robot Explosion on the Simulation Series
I was just interviewed on a multidisciplinary show called the Simulation series which 'features the greatest minds of our time'. The host Allen Saakyan and I covered a lot of territory, including how robotics can solve the grand challenges, what are the chances of rogue robots and AI wiping out society, how we can design morality … Continue reading The Robot Explosion on the Simulation Series