#289: On Design in Human-Robot Interaction, with Bilge Mutlu


Professor Mutlu discusses design-thinking at a high-level, how design relates to science, and he speaks about the main areas of his work: the design space, the evaluation space, and how features are used within a context. He also gives advice on how to apply a design-oriented mindset. Bilge Mutlu is an Associate Professor of Computer Science, Psychology, and Industrial Engineering at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. He directs the Wisconsin HCI Laboratory and organizes the WHCI D Group. He received his PhD degree from Carnegie Mellon University's Human-Computer Interaction Institute.

Artificial intelligence could 'evolve faster than the human race'


A sinister threat is brewing deep inside the technology laboratories of Silicon Valley, according to Professor Stephen Hawking. Artificial Intelligence, disguised as helpful digital assistants and self-driving vehicles, is gaining a foothold, and it could one day spell the end for mankind. The world-renowned professor has warned robots could evolve faster than humans and their goals will be unpredictable. Professor Stephen Hawking (pictured) claimed AI would be difficult to stop if the appropriate safeguards are not in place. During a talk in Cannes, Google's chairman Eric Schmidt said AI will be developed for the benefit of humanity and there will be systems in place in case anything goes awry.

Professor Einstein AI robot that can walk and talk

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A robotics firm has built an Artificial Intelligence minibot that talks, walks and even looks like famed theoretical physicist Albert Einstein. The firm, Hanson Robotics, specializes in designing human-like robots that are capable of displaying facial expressions and understanding speech. The Professor Einstein robot can solve math problems, recognize your voice and even hold a conversation. The robotics firm launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter this month to fund the production of the Einstein bot. The firm is aiming to begin production of the bot in March this year, with rewards sent to backers in April.

Oregon Professor Working to Make Robots More Social

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She and her students have also programmed a TurtleBot they call Resolution Bot, a play on the New Year's resolution because it acts as a health coach. At the beginning of the year, the robot visited professors and students to ask how they were feeling. The robot would then count out exercises for the person to do, such as push-ups, or go on a walk with the person. The robot also carried bananas and other healthy snacks to offer the people. The robot was remote controlled by students, who developed ways to animate the robot more, such as having the robot nod when it counted out exercises or move toward the person if they put their hand up for a high five.

This AI professor shares the concerns with giving a robot citizenship


The most recent list proposes 23 principles known as the Asilomar AI Principles. Examples of these include: Failure Transparency (ascertaining the cause if an AI system causes harm); Value Alignment (aligning the AI system's goals with human values); and Recursive Self-Improvement (subjecting AI systems with abilities to self-replicate to strict safety and control measures).