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Before we put $100 billion into AI …


America is poised to invest billions of dollars to remain the leader in artificial intelligence as well as quantum computing. This investment is critically needed to reinvigorate the science that will shape our future. But in order to get the most from this investment, we have to create an environment that will produce innovations that are not just technical advancements but will also benefit society and uplift everybody in our society. This is why it is important to invest in fixing the systemic inequalities that have sidelined Black people from contributing to AI and from having a hand in the products that will undoubtedly impact everyone. Black scholars, engineers, and entrepreneurs currently have little-to-no voice in AI.

The Third International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction

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The third international conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI-2008) was held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, March 12-15, 2008. The theme of HRI-2008, "living with robots," highlights the importance of the technical and social issues underlying human-robot interaction with companion and assistive robots for long-term use in everyday life and work activities. More than 250 researchers, practitioners, and exhibitors attended the conference, and many more contributed to the conference as authors or reviewers. HRI-2009 will be held in San Diego, California, from March 11-13, 2009. The third international conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI-2008) was held March 12-15, 2008, in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

EMPOWER: Enhanced Movement and Physical-Augmentation through Web-Enabled Robots

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The EMPOWER project creates opportunities for physically disabled individuals (namely quadriplegics) to operate robots through the web browser. Robotic technology has the ability to unlock productivity and grant greater purpose to mentally capable, but physically disabled, users. The goal of the EMPOWER project is to foster independence for the physically disabled by lowering barriers such as accessibility and cost. The potential of the EMPOWER project can best be illustrated through the prototyping projects between Mr. Evans and Brown University. Through our web-enabled AR.Drone (running ROS), Mr. Evans has been able to engage in activities in Providence, RI from his home in California, where he remotely pilots AR.Drones. The live video feed from the embedded cameras in the quadricopter provide Mr. Evans a vehicle to explore and interact with people and places far beyond the confines of his bed.

The Third International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction

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Human-Robot Interaction (HRI-2008) with robots," highlights the importance It also featured Foundation, and the European a panel on "robo-ethics" intended Network for the Advancement of Artificial to start a discussion of the ethical Cognitive Systems (EU Cognition) and societal implications of provided grants. More than 250 autonomous robots and a panel on representatives from academia, government, "what is HRI?" that examined the constitutive and industry attended HRI-components of human-robot 2008. HRI is the premier forum for the Of the 134 submissions, the program presentation and discussion of committee accepted 48 full research results in human-robot interaction. Human-robot interaction 27 submissions) were featured in a special is inherently interdisciplinary session. The workshops artificial intelligence, cognitive science, addressed metrics (an examination of ergonomics, human-computer proposed guidelines for evaluating interaction, psychology, robotics, and HRI), coding behavioral video data other fields. From 1997 to 2000, he was vice president of development for Fourth Planet, Inc., a developer of real-time visualization software. Fong has published more than 50 papers in field robotics, human-robot interaction, virtual reality user interfaces, and parallel processing, was chair of the 2006 AAAI Spring Symposium on human-robot interaction in space, and is cogeneral chair for HRI-2008. Kerstin Dautenhahn is the research professor of artificial intelligence in the School of Computer Science and coordinator of the Adaptive Systems Research Group at the University of Hertfordshire in the United Kingdom. Save the Date! -- July 11-15, 2010 AAAI comes to Atlanta, Georgia in 2010! Please mark your calendars, and visit www. She was general chair of IEEE RO-MAN06 and cogeneral chair of HRI-2008. Scheutz was the coprogram chair for HRI-Seven student teams competed to award went to "Robots in Organizations: University of Amsterdam took top Jodi Forlizzi.

The Second International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction

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Reports The second international conference on Human-Robot Interaction (HRI-2007) was held in Arlington, Virginia, March 9-11, 2007. The theme of the conference was "Robot as Team Member" and included posters and paper presentations on teamwork, social robotics, adaptation, observation and metrics, attention, user experience, and field testing. One hundred seventy-five researchers and practitioners attended the conference, and many more contributed to the conference as authors or reviewers. HRI-2008 will be held in Amsterdam, The Netherlands from March 12-15, 2008. The conference was jointly sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) through SIGCHI and SIGART, and by the IEEE Robotics and Automation Society.