Rodney Brooks discusses the evolution from automatic guided vehicles to autonomous mobile robots to collaborative mobile robots, and what it means for the world. See more sessions: #thedigitalfactory #robotics #robots Rodney is a robotics entrepreneur and is currently the CTO and co-founder of Robust AI. Before that he was Founder, Chairman and CTO of Rethink Robotics (it ran from September 1st, 2008, through October 3rd, 2018, and was originally called Heartland Robotics). He is also a Founder, former Board Member (1990 – 2011) and former CTO (1990 – 2008) of iRobot Corp (Nasdaq: IRBT). Dr. Brooks is the former Director (1997 – 2007) of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and then the MIT Computer Science & 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 in computer vision, artificial intelligence, robotics, and artificial life. ——————————————————– In May 2022, Formlabs hosted The Digital Factory conference in Boston. It brought together global leaders in manufacturing, engineering, product design, and more with the goal of discussing the future of manufacturing. Global manufacturing continues to transform into an increasingly automated and digitized global network, and the last two years have further accelerated that transition. This transition has introduced new questions about the future of manufacturing, [More]
Artificial intelligence as a threat to humans? Nope, says Rodney Brooks. AI-alarmists like Stefan Hawking or Elon Musk take a false perspective when they transfer human skills to machines. One example: If a machine solves arithmetical problems in a flash and wins highly complex games against humans, they conclude it is super smart – and thus smarter than humans. But according to Brooks, it is not that simple. What we can expect instead from AI and robotics in the next 10 to 20 years? How fast will technology actually progress and what significance will ethics have? Three of many questions one of the greatest pioneers of robotics answers in our DUB Business Talk. For more information visit
Prof. Rodney Brooks, MIT Robots and People; the Research Challenge (with English Subtitles) English Subtitles by Tan U-Xuan, Arif Rahman, Sherry Chen, Jing Xu, and Zhidong Wang (EPSB and CAB, IEEE Robotics and Automation Society)
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From the 2014 Solid Conference: In the old days software seemed pretty deterministic. If you ran your program 10 times it got the same answer all ten times. Once software was connected to the internet however, the results became less deterministic. Apart from network delays and connectivity issues we are never surprised when search results for the same query change from day to day, or respond in different ways depending on what email we’ve recently received. And our smart phones change the things they can do as their software is upgraded. We’ve gotten used to that and expect it. But mostly we still expect our machines that do physical work to act the same way, day to day. We expect our car to perform pretty much the same today as it did last week, and our coffee grinder to grind just as before. But as our machines become more intelligent and as their software is continuously updated they are going to surprise us more and more as they change their behavior with macro scale impacts in the physical world. And some customers for machines don’t like that. We’re all going to take a while to get used to a new class of physically interacting machines, that continually surprise us, in our daily lives. About Rodney Brooks (Rethink Robotics): Rodney Brooks is the Panasonic Professor of Robotics (emeritus) at MIT. He is a robotics entrepreneur and Founder, Chairman and CTO of Rethink Robotics (formerly Heartland Robotics). He is also a Founder, [More]
Roboticist Rodney Brooks introduces a fresh way of thinking of robot advancements. Why not make them more like kids? He discusses four major factors that would bring about this shift in this groundbreaking talk. TEDArchive presents previously unpublished talks from TED conferences. Enjoy this unedited talk by Rodney Brooks. Filmed at TED2014 NOTE: Comments are disabled on this video. We made this difficult decision for the TED Archive because we believe that a well-moderated conversation allows for better commentary from more people and more viewpoints. Studies show that aggressive and hateful comments silence other commenters and drive them away; unfortunately, YouTube’s comment moderation tools are simply not up to the task of allowing us to monitor comments on so many videos at once. (We’d love to see this change, YouTube.) So for now, if you’d like to comment on this talk, please use Facebook, Twitter or G+ to discuss with your networks.
In 1990 Rodney Brooks authored a paper entitled Elephants Don’t Play Chess – a ground breaking concept that ushered in an alternative view of Artificial Intelligence. Twenty five years later, he is addressing the misconceptions that now surround AI, allaying the media-fueled fears of robots with evil intentions. Hear him in his own words talk about AI, and how Baxter and Sawyer have common sense – the ability to complete tasks, not just motions. Next, see how Rodney Brooks brought Rethink Robotics to life – To view our other videos, including customer stories and how our Baxter and Sawyer robots work, visit the Rethink Robotics video gallery at And for robotics news, interviews and more, check out the Rethink Robotics blog at or follow us on Twitter at
Rodney Brooks, the chairman of Rethink Robotics and the former director of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab, and Nicholas Thompson, editor of, examine the current state of robotics and A.I. They will cover the problems that robots can and can’t solve and the future effect that robots will have on our economy and our personal lives. They’ll also tackle concerns about the dangers of artificial intelligence, and the ways that robots and A.I. could change the nature of warfare. Dr. Brooks will describe his decades of research into this field and his suggestions for policies that will best help humanity handle the changes that advances in robotics are bringing about. Subscribe: About SXSW: Started in 1987, South by Southwest (SXSW) is a set of film, interactive, and music festivals and conferences that take place early each year in mid-March in Austin, Texas. SXSW’s original goal was to create an event that would act as a tool for creative people and the companies they work with to develop their careers, to bring together people from a wide area to meet and share ideas. That continues to be the goal today whether it is music, film or interactive technologies. Connect with SXSW Online: Visit the SXSW WEBSITE: Like SXSW on FACEBOOK: Follow SXSW on TWITTER:
Rod Brooks, Founder, Chairman and CTO, Rethink Robotics Tom Kochan, Co-Director and Professor, Work and Employment Research, MIT Sloan School of Management Andrew McAfee, Co-Director, MIT Initiative on the Digital Economy, and Principal Research Scientist, MIT Sloan School of Management November 2nd, 2017
About this webinar: An important distinction between human intelligence and machine intelligence is context. As humans, we have a greater understanding of the world around us. AI does not. Join Rodney Brooks, who brought Roomba, the autonomous robot vacuum to our homes, as he talks about how AI and robotics will shape our future. What you will learn: • How robotics has not lived up to its promise in manufacturing • The path to the first industrial-grade cognitive platform for robots • AI’s future influence on robotics
Rodney Brooks, emeritus professor of robotics at MIT, talks with EconTalk host Russ Roberts about the future of robots and artificial intelligence. Brooks argues that we both under-appreciate and over-appreciate the impact of innovation. He applies this insight to the current state of driverless cars and other changes people are expecting to change our daily lives in radical ways. He also suggests that the challenges of developing truly intelligent robots and technologies will take much longer than people expect, giving human beings time to adapt to the effects. Plus a cameo from Isaac Newton.
Listen to the full episode here Rodney Brooks is a founding luminary of TWO vital domains in tech: robotics and AI. He’s the father of the Roomba, the long-time head of MIT’s AI lab, and a serial entrepreneur. Few can rival his breadth & depth in technology.
In 2012 the Swedish robotics cluster Robotdalen arranged the event Robotics Innovation Challenge. One of the key note speakers was Rodney Brooks, one of the world’s foremost roboticists. Rodney Brooks has a career as a controversial and distinguished researcher within artificial intelligence at Stanford University, Carnegie Mellon University and MIT. In 2008 he left the academic world to launch his new company Rethink Robotics (formerly Heartland Robotics), now ranked as one of the most promising start-ups in the US. A new generation of robots is developed to improve productivity in manufacturing environments and for places that has not been automated before.
Rodney Brooks’ Collaborative Robots Singularity University’s Exponential Manufacturing Summit leads 500+ of the world’s brightest executives, entrepreneurs and investors through an intensive three-day program in Boston to prepare them for the changes brought forth by unstoppable technological progress. From May 17-19, 2017, we explored how exponential technologies including artificial intelligence, additive manufacturing, exponential energy, and bio manufacturing are continually redefining the future of work, production, supply chain, and design. Connect with Exponential Manufacturing:Website:…Facebook: About Singularity University:Singularity University is a benefit corporation headquartered at NASA’s research campus in Silicon Valley. We provide educational programs, innovative partnerships and a startup accelerator to help individuals, businesses, institutions, investors, NGOs and governments understand cutting-edge technologies, and how to utilize these technologies to positively impact billions of people. Category People & Blogs License Standard YouTube License
Rodney Brooks is an Australian roboticist, Fellow of the Australian Academy of Science, author, and robotics entrepreneur, most known for popularizing the actionist approach to robotics. Brooks left MIT in 2008 to found a new company, Rethink Robotics (formerly Heartland Robotics), where he serves as chairman and Chief Technical Officer. Recorded: 2016
Rodney Brooks is a computer scientist, roboticist, and entrepreneur. He was a Panasonic Professor (emeritus) of Robotics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and former director of the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL). He is a founder and former Chief Technical Officer of iRobot (makers of Roomba vacuum). Brooks delivered his Shannon Luminary Lecture “The future of Innovation in Artificial Intelligence and Robotics” on December 13, 2018. Today we see the successful exploitation of innovative AI research that will stretch on for many years. Eventually we will need new innovations, on the order of importance of Deep Learning to continue to fuel AI and robotics deployment. This talk will explore the history of hard problems in AI, what is still very hard today, and how early along the way towards human level intelligence we really are.
Complete video at: 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. —– 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? Following on President Obama’s call to “begin again the work of remaking America,” Maker Faire 2009 was organized around the theme of Re-Make America. Held in the San Francisco Bay Area, Maker Faire celebrates what President Obama called “the risk takers, the doers, and the makers of things.” – Maker Faire 2009 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 [More]