Month: April 2020

Where are the robots when you need them!

That’s a question we’re trying to answer in our weekly discussions about ‘COVID-19, robots and us’, but it was repeated with urgency by Rachel ‘McCrafty’ Sadd. Rachel has been building systems and automation for COVID mask making, as the founder of Project Mask Making and #distillmyheart projects in the SF Bay Area, an artist and […]

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Can robots make food service safer for workers?

Health care workers are not the only unwilling essential services frontline workers at increased risk of COVID-19. According to the Washington Post on April 12, “At least 41 grocery workers have died of the coronavirus and thousands more have tested positive in recent weeks”. At the same time, grocery stores are seeing a surge in […]

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HRI 2020 Keynote: Stephanie Dinkins

Community, Art and the Vernacular in Technological Ecosystems Community, craft, and the vernacular in artificially intelligent systems take the position that everyone participating in society is an expert in our experiences within the community infrastructures, which inform the makeup of robotic entities. Though we may not be familiar with the jargon used in specialized professional […]

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Robots providing social support while we’re social distancing

Wired Magazine recently called for us to, post pandemic, “ditch our tech enabled tools of social distancing”. But are our telepresence robots creating emotional distancing or are they actually improving our emotional lives. This week in our weekly “COVID-19, robots and us” discussion with experts, we’re looking at the topic of virtual presence and emotional […]

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Formant free for COVID deployments!

Humans, please help us spread the word that our platform is available to anyone that can leverage it in the fight against coronavirus. We’re very focussed on accelerating the deployments of robots, however I’m sure there are other applications that you might imagine where we could have some impact. Let’s get creative. #robots #coronavirus #covid19 […]

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HRI 2020 Keynote: Ayanna Howard

“Are we trusting AI too much?: Examining Human-Robot Interactions in the Real World” Intelligent systems, especially those with an embodied construct, are becoming pervasive in our society. From chatbots to rehabilitation robotics, from shopping agents to robot tutors, people are adopting these systems into their daily life activities. Alas, associated with this increased acceptance is […]

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HRI 2020 Online Day One

HRI2020 has already kicked off with workshops and the Industry Talks Session on April 3, however the first release of videos has only just gone online with the welcome from General Chairs Tony Belpaeme, ID Lab, University of Ghent and James Young, University of Manitoba. There is also a welcome from the Program Chairs Hatice […]

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Act now to support the robotics ecosystem

Guest Post by Owen Nicholson, CEO, SLAMcore For many in the robotics community the current coronavirus pandemic is the best of times and the worst of times. Our industry is seeing huge interest as people around the world come to appreciate the power and potential of robotic solutions in overcoming current and emerging challenges. But, […]

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Even construction robotics has COVID-19 related opportunities

One of the Silicon Valley Robotics Construction Forum members, Module, has cofounded a COVID-19 Housing Task Force hoping to bring digital construction design techniques that they’ve been deploying for energy self sufficient modular buildings and convert that into rapidly deployable safe housing. Initially for the Pittsburgh areas but potentially available further afield to assist hospitals […]

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