Let’s stop talking about bad robots and start talking about what makes a robot good. A good or ethical robot must be carefully designed. Good robot design is about much more than just the physical robot, and at the same time good robot design is about ‘less’. Less means no extra features, and in robotics … Continue reading What is good robot design?
We are already living with robots. The future is here, but as William Gibson says, it's not evenly distributed yet. Or as I like to say, I believe that we often don't recognize the future when we see it. How do we recognize robots? We usually look for humanoid robots, the stuff of science fiction. … Continue reading Blended Reality With Robots
Alex Garland’s first feature film as a director, Ex Machina, had its US debut at SxSW on March 14. This stylish idea film explores the Turing Test in a very Pinteresque fashion as a young coder falls in love with an advanced AI. Ex Machina is beautifully framed, but Garland’s stark script succeeds on the … Continue reading Ex Machina: What happens when Turing meets Bechdel test
How do we talk to our machines in the 21st century? From typing to swiping, 20th century interfaces translated the world of switches, gears and punch cards into a language that anyone, from the smallest toddler, could speak. In the 21st century, the graphical user interface is gaving way to a social user interface. We … Continue reading Avatars and Social User Interfaces