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IEEE RAS Soft Robotics Podcast with Hod Lipson: Can we design self-aware robots?


Can they design other robots and self-repair? Why should we evolve robots to do tasks that animals do so well? Why don't we have useful autonomous robots in the real world yet? Find out Hod's answers to these questions and updates on VoxCAD development for designing and simulation of soft robots in this episode of the IEEE RAS Soft Robotics Podcast. What's more, Hod gave his personal advice to roboticists being interviewed for an assistant professorship and to 1st-year robotics PhD students looking for a thesis topic, and he also commented on his approach to the ethical dilemma of military funding scientific research.

Artificial intelligence in education is changing America's classrooms


Artificial intelligence--the ability of a computer program to perform human tasks such as thinking and learning, sometimes referred to as machine learning--is changing classrooms in both K12 and higher ed. But robotics has some questioning whether AI is just a fad that will eventually fade into obscurity or alter teaching and learning processes as we know it. Experts discussed the topic at a recent conference for future K12 educators held by the Teachers College at Columbia University, "Where Does Artificial Intelligence Fit in the Classroom?" Borhene Chakroun, director of the division for policies and lifelong learning systems at UNESCO, kicked off the event extolling the future of AI technology and its potential to "profoundly alter every aspect of the teaching and learning process." He also acknowledged the implications of AI and how it is altering how machines and humans work together.

Donald Trump's Trade Plan Is a Fantasy

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One might say, well, that's what comes from being a job creator. Trump has himself made this case many times, pointing to his Atlantic City casino ventures as evidence of job creation. But for a recent paper, law professor Jonathan Lipson combed through public records to assess Trump's job creator claims. He found that over 14 years, Trump's casinos shed more workers and lost more money than did his competitors. Yet Trump was able to make millions in spite of all this.

Brookline Police chief is latest Boston-area top cop to step down

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Brookline's police chief has announced his intention to step down as the department's leader, saying it was "untenable" for him to remain at the helm, making him the latest of several chiefs to depart as debates over policing continue to rage. "It has been an honor to serve as the Chief of the Brookline Police Department and to lead a group of men and women of whom the overwhelming majority do a difficult job with honor, integrity and professionalism," Brookline Police chief Andrew Lipson wrote in the resignation letter he submitted Friday to town officials that was obtained by the Herald. "However, it is untenable to remain in this position." Lipson, a 22-year veteran officer who was appointed chief in 2018, said he would resign effective Sept. 1, and stated his intention to return to his prior rank of lieutenant and deputy superintendent of the department at that time. "I have full confidence that the women and men of the Brookline Police Department will continue to rise to the challenge of this moment in history as we have so many times before," he wrote.

Automaton, Know Thyself: Robots Become Self-Aware

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Robots might one day trace the origin of their consciousness to recent experiments aimed at instilling them with the ability to reflect on their own thinking. Although granting machines self-awareness might seem more like the stuff of science fiction than science, there are solid practical reasons for doing so, explains roboticist Hod Lipson at Cornell University's Computational Synthesis Laboratory. "The greatest challenge for robots today is figuring out how to adapt to new situations," he says. "There are millions of robots out there, mostly in factories, and if everything is in the right place at the right time for them, they are superhuman in their precision, in their power, in their speed, in their ability to work repetitively 24/7 in hazardous environments--but if a bolt falls out of place, game over." This lack of adaptability "is the reason we don't have many robots in the home, which is much more unstructured than the factory," Lipson adds.