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

What is good robot design?

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?

Hal, take me to the nursing home

Very neat - combine existing voice recognition, navigation, and wheelchair technologies to solve real problems in nursing homes. [As long as they don't navigate by bouncing off the walls like the Roomba.] "MIT researchers are developing a new kind of autonomous wheelchair that can learn all about the locations in a given building, and then … Continue reading Hal, take me to the nursing home