Lloyd Danzig, a leading expert in the field of Artificial Intelligence, explores ethical issues of automation. Lloyd is the Chairman & Founder of the International Consortium for the Ethical Development of Artificial Intelligence, a non-profit NGO dedicated to ensuring that rapid developments in A.I. are made with a keen eye toward the long-term interests of humanity.

He is a distinguished member of CompTIA’s AI Advisory Council, through which the world’s 20 most influential thought leaders establish best practices to foster technological development while protecting consumers.

A common theme in sci fi and visions of the future involve robots performing mundane and menial tasks around the house.

Thanks to AI and open source robotic components, we’re getting closer to that vision.

The robot uses machine learning and relies on Python, Tensorflow, and Snips for programming, machine learning, and voice processing respectively. OS-wise we don’t have any official information, but based on Tom’s hardware report Raspbian runs on the Raspberry Pi 4 board, while Luos “RTOS for microcontroller” powered modules from Luos Robotics which are used by Reachy. Everything will be made open-source on their Github account once they ship and each part is stable, and there’s also some information in Reachy repository about the robotics arm.

Agility Robotics reviews the progress they have made in 2019 in this video.

The future is here.

2019 has seen a number of milestones for Agility, including the final deliveries of Cassie and the launch of Digit. To celebrate, we’ve compiled a supercut of (mostly) never-before-seen testing footage. Here’s hoping 2020 is as robotastic as its predecessor – a big thanks to all of our employees for their hard work.Happy New Year! 2019 has seen a number of milestones for Agility, including the final deliveries of Cassie and the launch of Digit. To celebrate, we’ve compiled a supercut of (mostly) never-before-seen testing footage. Here’s hoping 2020 is as robotastic as its predecessor – a big thanks to all of our employees for their hard work.

Big Think has a fascinating interview with Dr. Michio Kaku.

Dr. Michio Kaku is the co-founder of string field theory, and is one of the most widely recognized scientists in the world today. He has written 4 New York Times Best Sellers, is the science correspondent for CBS This Morning and has hosted numerous science specials for BBC-TV, the Discovery/Science Channel. His radio show broadcasts to 100 radio stations every week. Dr. Kaku holds the Henry Semat Chair and Professorship in theoretical physics at the City College of New York (CUNY), where he has taught for over 25 years. He has also been a visiting professor at the Institute for Advanced Study at Princeton, as well as New York University (NYU). He is the author of “The Future of Humanity: Terraforming Mars, Interstellar Travel, Immortality, and Our Destiny Beyond Earth” (https://amzn.to/2lQyjy4)

Jamie Paik explores more creative forms of robots.

From the video description:

Taking design cues from origami, robotician Jamie Paik and her team created “robogamis”: folding robots made out super-thin materials that can reshape and transform themselves. In this talk and tech demo, Paik shows how robogamis could adapt to achieve a variety of tasks on earth (or in space) and demonstrates how they roll, jump, catapult like a slingshot and even pulse like a beating heart.