So, Where’s My Robot?

Thoughts on Social Machine Learning

Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture

Last week Randy Pausch gave a touching and inspiring lecture at CMU. I’d like to join in the chorus of the media and blog-o-sphere and encourage people to watch it.

The short story: Randy has been fighting cancer, and recently found out that the treatment hasn’t worked, and he has only a few months. Randy is famous for co-founding the Entertainment Technology Center at CMU, and for directing the Alice software project. The lecture is a very thoughtful reflection on his life and work and is an inspiration.

September 27th, 2007 Posted by | Uncategorized | no comments

Social Robots live on TV

Some colleagues from MIT, Cory Kidd and Aaron Edsinger, had live demos on Good Morning America this morning. Very impressive. Robots working outside of the lab, and interacting with hosts of a TV show!

They highlighted a couple of the big social robots themes, healthcare and eldercare. A highlight was definitely when Diane Sawyer was moving Domo’s arm around asking if it could “feel” it (compliant and force sensitive manipulators was Aaron’s focus with Domo) …and when she pulled too hard Domo said “ouch.”

September 27th, 2007 Posted by | Fun, In the News | no comments