Lex Fridman interviews Kate Darling in this episode of the AI Show.

Kate Darling is a researcher at MIT, interested in social robotics, robot ethics, and generally how technology intersects with society. She explores the emotional connection between human beings and life-like machines, which for me, is one of the most exciting topics in all of artificial intelligence. This conversation is part of the Artificial Intelligence podcast.

Time index:

  • 0:00 – Introduction
  • 3:31 – Robot ethics
  • 4:36 – Universal Basic Income
  • 6:31 – Mistreating robots
  • 17:17 – Robots teaching us about ourselves
  • 20:27 – Intimate connection with robots
  • 24:29 – Trolley problem and making difficult moral decisions
  • 31:59 – Anthropomorphism
  • 38:09 – Favorite robot
  • 41:19 – Sophia
  • 42:46 – Designing robots for human connection
    47:01 – Why is it so hard to build a personal robotics company?
    50:03 – Is it possible to fall in love with a robot?
    56:39 – Robots displaying consciousness and mortality
    58:33 – Manipulation of emotion by companies
    1:04:40 – Intellectual property
    1:09:23 – Lessons for robotics from parenthood
    1:10:41 – Hope for future of robotics

Lex Fridman interviews Anca Dragan, a professor at Berkeley, working on human-robot interaction — algorithms that look beyond the robot’s function in isolation, and generate robot behavior that accounts for interaction and coordination with human beings.

OUTLINE:
0:00 – Introduction
2:26 – Interest in robotics
5:32 – Computer science
7:32 – Favorite robot
13:25 – How difficult is human-robot interaction?
32:01 – HRI application domains
34:24 – Optimizing the beliefs of humans
45:59 – Difficulty of driving when humans are involved
1:05:02 – Semi-autonomous driving
1:10:39 – How do we specify good rewards?
1:17:30 – Leaked information from human behavior
1:21:59 – Three laws of robotics
1:26:31 – Book recommendation
1:29:02 – If a doctor gave you 5 years to live…
1:32:48 – Small act of kindness
1:34:31 – Meaning of life