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Season 1 Episode 18
In episode 18 of The Robot Brains Podcast our host Pieter Abbeel meets Chris Urmson.
Chris is one of the world-leading pioneers in self-driving. He led the Google self-driving project for several years - which later became Waymo. Then, in 2017, he co-founded his own self-driving company, Aurora where he is currently the CEO.
In this episode, he discusses his involvement of the DARPA Grand Challenge, departure from Google, and his (and Aurora's) vision for the future of autonomous vehicles.
Host: Pieter Abbeel | Executive Producers: Ricardo Reyes & Henry Tobias Jones | Audio Production: Kieron Matthew Banerji | Title Music: Alejandro Del Pozo
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Season 1 Ep.15 Anca Dragan on why Asimov's three laws of robotics need updating
In Ep.15 of The Robot Brains Podcast, Pieter is joined by Anca Dragan. Anca is a professor at UC Berkeley, where she is the director of the Interact Lab where she is working on the goal of enabling robots to work with, around, and in support of people. Because of her success in the field, Forbes magazine dubbed Anca: "the woman teaching AI about human values". Alongside her academic research, Anca is also a staff research scientist at the autonomous vehicle startup Waymo. In her discussion with Pieter, she explains why Asimov's three laws of robotics need updating if we want human robot interactions, why the future of robots probably isn't going to be a sci-fi dystopia, and how you teach a driverless car to understand human values. What's in this episode: 00:00 Intro 12:10 Why we need to update Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics 17:06 Forbes: "Meet the woman who is teaching robots to second guess us" 24:13 Equipping robots with self-awareness 33:05 A Theory of Mind for Robots 44:44 Decision-making and why humans don't get probability 58:40 Waymo - Self-driving cars and vision systems 1:11.09 Why Dystopian predictions for robot takeovers are wrong 1:21:00 Aligning AI with objectives 1:28:50 The happy life for robots 1:37:25 Enhancing human capability 1:40:36 The future of human-robot relations? 1:46:50 Understanding humans and our 200 biases Links: Anca's Website: http://people.eecs.berkeley.edu/~anca/ Anca's Twitter: https://twitter.com/ancadianadragan Subscribe and listen to our podcast today: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3xARxI0 Google: https://bit.ly/3hC5MFK Amazon:https://amzn.to/3hj7Dk2 Acast: https://bit.ly/3yz983w Apple: https://apple.co/3dSAp90 Host: Pieter Abbeel Executive Producers: Ricardo Reyes & Henry Tobias Jones Audio Production: Kieron Matthew Banerji. Video Production: Bo Obradovic.
Missy Cummings vs Elon Musk | Best Bits
In this clip, Missy Cummings talks about why her name always appears next to Elon Musk's in the press. She explains that while she is a huge fan of Tesla's disruptive tech, she and Elon have started to "cross proverbial swords" over the safety of full self-driving or autopilot in his vehicles. In this clip, Missy says that "his desire to drop radar out of his cars and go to vision systems only" in their self-driving is: "crazy". In episode thirteen of The Robot Brains Podcast we meet Mary "Missy" Cummings, former US Airforce fighter pilot and Professor at the Duke University Pratt School of Engineering. Missy tells us her incredible story moving from the theatre of war to the laboratories of computer sciences and explains how she became one of the chief proponents in the movement to ensure AI-to-human (like autonomous vehicles) interactions have stricter safety controls. During her chat with our host Pieter Abbeel, Missy also talks about her non-feud feud with Elon Musk and Tesla's autonomous vehicles, the role of AI and robotics in the military and how AI robots need to be built with human-centric safety controls. Links: Missy's Twitter: https://twitter.com/missy_cummings Missy's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/keenanwyrobek/ Duke Website: https://pratt.duke.edu/faculty/missy-cummings Subscribe and listen to our podcast today: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3j6Jxu7 Apple: https://apple.co/2Ul8OGv Google: https://bit.ly/3wLPYXv Amazon: https://amzn.to/3qrS8cr Acast: https://bit.ly/3gMYekm Host: Pieter Abbeel Executive Producers: Ricardo Reyes & Henry Tobias Jones Audio Production: Kieron Matthew Banerji. Video Production: Bo Obradovic.
Why present day waste dumps will be the mines of the future | Best Bits
In Ep16 of The Robot Brains Podcast we were joined by Matanya Horowitz the founder and CEO of AMP Robotics an industrial AI firm that’s building #recycling robots to build a "world without waste". An estimated $200bn worth of recyclable materials are lost to landfill around the world including rare minerals that are expensive and costly (most of all ecologically) to mine. AMP’s incredible "waste sorting robots" recover this recyclable material from trash at superhuman speeds and with extremely high accuracy. Matanya's AI-powered robots employ advanced vision systems and robust robotics all for the ultimate aim of improving the ecological impact of waste on our environment. In this clip, Matanya explains why waste sorting AI robots are going to be able to turn the mountains of garbage we are producing today into a wealth of valuable resources in the future. Watch the full episode here: https://youtu.be/fNq9oCH0h58 Links: Matanya's Twitter: https://twitter.com/mhorowit Matanya's LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/matanya/ AMP Robotics' Website: https://www.amprobotics.com Subscribe and listen to our podcast today: Spotify: https://spoti.fi/3xGfHBb Acast: https://bit.ly/3el76ft Google: https://bit.ly/3xFu4pt Amazon: https://amzn.to/2UOTVwj Apple: https://apple.co/2Ubkrjx Host: Pieter Abbeel Executive Producers: Ricardo Reyes & Henry Tobias Jones Audio Production: Kieron Matthew Banerji. Video Production: Bo Obradovic.
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