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 […]
August 10, 2016: Listen to podcast on PBS News Hour. New robotics technologies could one day enable devices like your smart phone to read your mood, giving us new levels of insight into human emotions.
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 […]
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 decades.
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, etc.
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 marriage?
January 1, 2016: Read article in the MIT Technology Review. Chinese robots, delivery drones, and machines that teach each other could be big trends in 2016.
As the 25th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) approaches, Henry Evans, through the use of a telepresence robot, identifies 3 ambitious goals that will bring ADA into the digital age.
December 23, 2015: Read article in IEEE Spectrum. Cynthia Breazeal and her team are preparing to release Jibo, a new robot designed to assist families on a day-to-day basis.