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Robots: Giving Rights to Robots

In this episode, we talk with Kate Darling from the MIT Media Lab, about giving rights to social robots. She tells us about a recent Pleo torture session she organized at the LIFT conference and the class she taught at Harvard Law School on "Robot Rights".

Syndicated 2013-03-08 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Insect-inspired Navigation

In this episode Per talks to Michael Mangan from the University of Edinburgh about using robotics to study and replicate insect behaviour. Mangan describes his studies of desert ants, that are able to accurately navigate arduous environments despite having a very small brain (less than 400 000 neurons). This is an interesting problem as the desert environment is very challenging, it is too hot for pheromone navigation and nearly featureless, making visual navigation difficult.

Syndicated 2013-02-22 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: EU Robotics Week

In today's episode we cover the EU Robotics Week that took place during the last week of November and featured robotics related activities across Europe for the general public, highlighting growing importance of robotics in a wide variety of application areas. More than 130 organizations (companies, universities, research institutes) in 19 European countries organized over 360 robotics related activities. About 80,000 people have been reached across Europe, many of them high school students and elementary school pupils. We talk with Thilo Brodtmann, Director of EUnited Robotics, and Organizer of the event, about his first impressions following the EU Robotics week. Asim Ikram from the Danish Technological Institute tells us about logistic robots in the healthcare sector. Finally, we talk with Barbara Klein, Professor at the Fachhochschule Frankfurt, about emotional robots such as Paro and their therapeutic use for kids or the elderly.

Syndicated 2013-02-08 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Robolution Capital

In this episode Per talks to robotics enthusiast and investment fund manager Renaud Champion. Champion is co-founder of the professional investment fund Robolution Capital, that focuses on investing in service robotics in the European market. Champion believes that service robotics has great growth potential, both in the professional and the domestic market. With a target of 60 million euros in funding, he is actively trying to promote development by building an effective ecosystem for robotics, including entrepreneurs, investors, advisers and users. In the interview he also shares some thoughts on what he looks for in a potential investment, as well as his views on the European robotics market, vs. that in the US and Asia.

Syndicated 2013-01-25 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Curious & Creative

In today's episode we speak with Rob Saunders, lecturer in Design Computing, about work done at the University of Sydney in computational creativity and curiosity.

Syndicated 2013-01-11 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Autonomous Solutions

In today's episode we speak with Mel Torrie, CEO and President of Autonomous Solutions Inc., about their work to make a large range of vehicles autonomous.

Syndicated 2012-12-28 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Sphero

In today's episode we speak with Ian Bernstein about the hugely successful Sphero robot and the company he co-founded, Orbotix.

Syndicated 2012-12-14 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: The Wambots Team

In today’s episode, we speak with Thomas Bräunl and Calum Meiklejohn from the University of Western Australia about the MAGIC 2010 Challenge and the Wambot team.

Syndicated 2012-11-30 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Digital Cultures

In today's episode we speak with Chris Chesher about how he views the emergence of robotics in every-day life.

Syndicated 2012-11-16 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

Robots: Grishin Robotics

In today's episode we speak with Dmitry Grishin about Grishin Robotics, his global investment company dedicated to helping robotics startups distribute new products to the mass market.

Syndicated 2012-11-02 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

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