Robots – Superhuman Killers Or What? Ted Salon - Newtown - 2009 April 2nd

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What's a robot? This deck shows the sheer variety of what we mean by robot and was used to introduce a couple of fantastic TED talks on robotics for a TED Salon at Newtown Public School (NSW, Australia) on 2nd April 2009.

We followed a quick run through this deck with TED videos from:
1. Rodney Brooks
2. Hod Lipson
3. Caleb Chung

And finally a very interesting and varied discussion.
http://www.newtownkids.com/Home/ted-talks

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Robots – Superhuman Killers Or What? Ted Salon - Newtown - 2009 April 2nd

  1. 1. TED talks at Newtown number one. 2 April 2009 Dr Michael Harries ROBOTS – SUPERHUMAN KILLERS OR WHAT?
  2. 2. Human like
  3. 3. Human-smart
  4. 4. threatening
  5. 5. Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics: 1. a robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm; 2. a robot must obey orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law; 3. and a robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.
  6. 6. utilitarian
  7. 7. helpful
  8. 8. autonomous
  9. 9. emotional
  10. 10. bizzare
  11. 11. cute
  12. 12. Toy?
  13. 13. Today’s TED  just smart enough  capable  learn and model the world  believable, emotional, and appealing
  14. 14. Rodney Brooks  MIT professor Rodney Brooks  Australian  Pioneer of bottom up robotics  Studies and engineers robot intelligence  Looking for the holy grail of robotics: the AGI, or artificial general intelligence.
  15. 15. Hod Lipson  Cornell University Associate Professor  (a) Can we design machines that can design other machines, and  (b) Can we make machines that can make other machines.
  16. 16. Caleb Chung  Toy inventor  Furby – rockstar status  Pleo – “supercute baby dinosaur that begins its emotional and intellectual development when you pull it out of the box” Slice of a talk

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