I was delighted to be part of the panel for 'From Robots to AI: Can You Build a Human?' at the Barbican Centre in London a couple of weeks ago. Chaired by Timandra Harkness, along with … Continue Reading ››
This page has been created for the AISB Tutorial/Hackathon event, part of AISB2017 at the University of Bath, but may be used by anyone wanting to get practical hands-on experience with reactive planning for robot control.
This week I am primarily focused on preparing my talk for the TEDx event in Frome on 28th January. I am giving a talk about how humans interact with robots, and why it is important that we design our robots to be understandable and transparent, rather than mysterious and deceptive.
However, as I started … Continue Reading ››
Over the last year or so, one of my main research interests has been machine transparency. We've been using the R5 Robot in various 'robot encounter' experiments, both online using video recordings and in a live environment. We've shown that people do not naturally form good mental models of robots on first encounter. They … Continue Reading ››
I've just spent a couple of days at the ICAPS PlanRob workshop. About 35 of us met together at King's College in London, and my paper on the Instinct Planner was one of 23 accepted papers.
This year seems to be rapidly getting very busy. In January, February and March I was flat out finishing my Arduino based R5 robot. We've been working with it on an ethics experiment. Many thanks to all those two participated in the research - your input was vital. We have a paper in review for that work now, … Continue Reading ››
I was recently interviewed for a new film about how AI impacts us today, and what the future may hold. Created by a Birmingham MA student, this film includes interviews from various academics in the field, including myself. It asks the questions everyone wants to ask about intelligent systems and robots; how they might change our … Continue Reading ››
Artificial intelligence is currently in the news. My PhD supervisor has even been on Newsnight. Yet it seems everyday people do not have any clear idea of what 'artificial intelligence' might be. I am fortunate to have been able to spend some time thinking about all this recently.
Firstly, lets try and nail down 'intelligence' a … Continue Reading ››
We've had some kinds of basic domestic robots available for some years, notably the iRobot Roomba that handily does your vacuuming (to a point anyway). However we are now starting to see devices (for that is what a robot is) with richer human interaction, and who's purpose is less utilitarian. … Continue Reading ››