Chronically Ill Kids Attend School via Telepresence Robots

September 19, 2016: Read article in ZDNet. A combination of video chat software and robotics is now allowing chronically ill children to be virtually present in classrooms, which could benefit both their academic and social development. However, engineers still have several kinks to work out in this technology, such as: connectivity issues, imperfect mobility, limited battery life, and the attention drawn by other...

GM and Lift Team Up for Robot Taxi Service

January 4, 2016: Read article in IEEE Spectrum. General Motors has made a significant investment in a new partnership with Lyft intended to develop a network of on-demand autonomous vehicles without the need for human drivers. The benefits of driverless taxis could include a reduction in traffic, an increase in safety, and a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions from vehicles. See also: Robot taxis Could Cut Greenhouse Gas Emissions 82%...

How to Robot-Proof Your Children’s Careers

April 6, 2016: Read article in Financial Times. As artificial intelligence technology replaces many jobs currently performed by human workers and revolutionizes the global economy, careers involving emotional intelligence and creativity are likely to remain human, at least for the next several...

Podcast: Love at First Bot

In this episode of Flash Forward, a podcast about the future, we explore the very real possibility of sex robots and potential challenges of that new era of human sexuality, including: human identity, avoiding the uncanny valley, logistics, liability for injury, avoiding hacking,...

Would You MARRY A Robot?

February 12, 2016: Read article in The Daily Mail. As robotics and artificial intelligence progresses towards ever more lifelike humanoid robots, friendships and even romantic relationships could become possible between humans and robots. What consequences does this change pose for our definitions of friendship, love, and...