If an alien watched TV before invading Earth, it would think that the world was full of robots. In reality, today’s robots are still too stupid to be let loose. If the programming isn’t right, robots will keep making the same mistakes until their batteries run out. We would be looking over our shoulder because a wandering robot might collide right into us. And, when the sky is full of flying robots, Air Traffic Control won’t be fast enough.
So, what will it take to get robots out of science fiction and into our world? Max Versace, CEO of Neurala and Director of the Boston University Neuromorphics Lab, will tell us about the state of the art in robotic bodies, brains and minds. And, he will explain how he is building robot minds by taking inspiration from neuroscience and training them to make them more intelligent, to learn and to get out of our way.
Within just a few years, he says, great leaps in robotic intelligence will make it possible to tell robots what to do and not how to do it.