Our Robot Future – Rodney Brooks

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Complete video at: http://fora.tv/2009/05/30/Rodney_Brooks_Remaking_Manufacturing_With_Robotics

Rodney Brooks, former iRobot CTO, describes the limitations of today's "stiff" factory robots. Looking forward, Brooks envisions a future where people interact with robots in the same way we now work with computers.

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Heartland Robotics Chairman and CTO Rodney Brooks asks: What will it take for robots to be added to the toolchest of the makers of American manufacturing, so that they can increase productivity, provide better jobs for American workers, and compete even more strongly in our globalized world?

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Dr. Rodney Brooks is a robotics entrepreneur and Founder, Chairman and CTO of Heartland Robotics, Inc. He is also a Founder, Board Member and former CTO (1991 - 2008) of iRobot Corp (Nasdaq: IRBT) and the Panasonic Professor of Robotics (on leave) at MIT. Dr. Brooks is the former Director (1997 - 2007) of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and then the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). He received degrees in pure mathematics from the Flinders University of South Australia and a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford University in 1981. He held research positions at Carnegie Mellon University and MIT, and a faculty position at Stanford before joining the faculty of MIT in 1984. He has published many papers and books in computer vision, artificial intelligence, robotics, and artificial life.

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DBSpy1 says:

Now we need Light Sabers and blaster to stop these things,today's gun wont do anything.

Leprechaun0fDOOM says:

(You stupid ass it's at 4:03) XD

MrProfGenius says:

The Future Robot

Nekogami-Crystal says:

"error error, must, smack alle humans down whit hammer." no that was totally creepy X)

Mike Barnett says:

Anybody find the way the robot was checking out the hammer at 3:09 just a tad bit creepy?

EuropeanAnimation says:

I find military robots to be absurd. Think about the long term. In the battlefield, you either have robots killing people, robots causing external damage, or robots destroying robots which is a waste of money. I say put peace negotiating robots in negotation with each other so that we might find a way to get rid of war altogether.

James Bryan says:

@jprazak14 This is just the start of what's going to be GLaDOS >:3

volikoto says:

they said it was never programmed to put that thing in the cup, it was never programmed to know about the cup, so think about what it will be… i guess this will be the beginning of the total crisis of all…

Jared Prazak says:

dude thats awesome
untiil they rty to take over the world O.0

Rory E says:

Maker Faire = Fun.
Thx 4 da video!

gespilk says:

@D0S81
I agree.Everybody seems to be doing their little bit of research and there is no consensus what is the best way to proceed.
For the Artificial Intelligence part of cybernetics Lenat and others believe in top down approach. Rodney Brooks believes in bottom up approach. Others believe in direct modelling of the brain. Some cheer for the Chinese room approach chatter-bots. Neurobiologists get exited about direct scanning, mapping, probing to unravel the secret.
We need to consolidate it all.

D0S81 says:

@gespilk cool, i know nothing about programming robots, i just love them, and love seeing them progress, they're starting to move better nowadays, asimo's comin along in leaps n bounds, literally. they could try giving the robot fingerprints to help it grip, as thats what helps us grip along with pressure,its also what makes gekko's seem to stick to walls, they just have really deep fingerprints for extra grip, can u imagine what could be created if all the worlds robo techs collaborated

gespilk says:

@D0S81
Yes it knows.It is a simple sensory trick that measures if the object slips away and then the robot gradually increases the pressure until it stops slipping. We humans do the same when our eyes are closed and have to feel the weight of the object. The robot and human will fail if full cup with liquid has softer walls and solid bottom. However the blind-folded human would quickly find the solution to support the cup closer to the bottom while the machine would need Lenat's CYC to succeed.

gespilk says:

Why the progress on those systems is so slow?Rodney B. and Doug Lenat are talking their BullS for so many years that I stopped counting them. They have made tiny quantitative growth but no qualitative leap.
In any brain there are only neurons,connections and fluids.
Letters are pictorial representations of sound.Sounds form speech=>forms thinking=(invoking/mixing representations of speech, pictorial information in the brain and muscle representation of them).
Mind only reflects/confabulates.

Tetractys says:

Insert a thing into another. And the 2 things just accidentaly represent *AHEM* and *AHEM*?????!?!!!!! You perverts!!!

Johnathan Hurst says:

soon… terminator will come true, then we are all screwed

barcodeboy13 says:

3:46 robot sex education.

D0S81 says:

interesting question. does the robot know how hard to grip onto things that are more fragile than others without breaking them?

Shaun Northover says:

next up.. a robot capable of masterbating someone!

Phenurio says:

skynet will come..

the end is near..

DMAXful says:

its holding a hammer.Now he is looking at me.now he is killing me with the hammer.
Notice the robot has never seen the hammer before.

Kamalesh Ghosh says:

There is only one acid test I would like to put it to before I accept it has anything similar to animal intelligence. Is its behavior completely predictable by computer simulation (in theory)? If yes, then it is far from being anything close to "alive" no matter how sophisticated it looks.

Lowell Isaac says:

Movies are make-believe, folks. Robots will be as safe as we want to make them.

Roshan says:

3:55 NO1!! What he is gonna do!!

Roshan says:

TOUCH Computers?!

Jan Erik Kristiansen says:

@Lordp00m I think robots are needed for a good reason. Dangerous tasks cannot always be left to humans.
That's what I think when I take heat, acid, the lack of air in the space & zero kelvin (−273.15°C), or the insanely high pressure undersea into considerations.
We ain't gonna be weaker than we are, and we're still gonna evolve even if the humanity find it necessary to use robots for some tasks.
It would especially be useful in the space for constructions somewhere in the future.
Look forward

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