Sitting in New York City, looking up at the clear June skies, I wonder if I am staring at an endangered phenomena. According to many in the Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) industry, skylines across the country soon will be filled with flying cars, quadcopter deliveries, emergency drones, and other robo-flyers. … Read More
This week I attended an “Artificial Intelligence (AI) Roundtable” of leading scientists, entrepreneurs and venture investors. As the discussion focused mainly on basic statistical techniques, I left unfulfilled. My friend, Matt Turck recently wrote that “just about every major tech company is working very actively on AI,” which also means that … Read More
This past Tuesday, Suki Bagel, a 12 week old Border Collie arrived in our house. Suki was so excited to be united with her new family that she peed on our kitchen floor. Seeing my disappointment, my wife retorted, “what do you expect, she’s not a robot?” I replied that AIBO never peed. … Read More
Landing back in New York from SxSw, I keep hearing Rodney Brooks in my head tell a vividly anxious crowd to calm down as the robotic Judgement Day is way off (maybe by 50 years ). While agreeing that media driven tech-hysteria is unproductive, I do think we should be responsive in … Read More
Last week, I got flak from one reader for broaching the subject of ethics and robotics. This week, I was pleased to learn about Clearpath’s $11 million in financing for developing new “ethical” robots. According to the press release issued by the company, the majority of the funding will be applied to R&D … Read More
RobotRabbi Baxter articles: http://robotrabbi.com/?p=1858 and http://robotrabbi.com/?p=1665 Honorable mentions: The Driverless Car and Esko Bionics.
The big factor in robotics is liability. When one thinks of the evolution of the distribution of robotic hardware it is easy to see how deployments in the military and medical theater are the forerunners for business and home use. Rodney Brooks has been an innovator of home robotics since … Read More
Sometimes it is what people say that is so profound vs. their inventions. In the video below iRobot founder, Rodney Brooks, makes a salient point that just like personal computing in the next two decades robots will be everywhere. You may recall that computers pre-Gates/Jobs were in a locked room … Read More