Experts Discuss Future Robotics And A.I.

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Future Robotics Relies On A.I.

Neil deGrasse Tyson discusses the future of robotics and A.I. with the former head of DARPA, Arati Prabhakar who is an A.I. roboticist. Cool vocation right? DARPA is the semi secret research arm of the U.S. military.

Guest robotics engineer Hod Lipson joins the conversation to explain engineering next generation robotics and his team is up to in the laboratory. Learn about the holy grail of A.I. ( one of them ) which is self awareness. The one that concerns me is self replication but hopefully this new generation of A.I robot will like mankind.

Where are future robotics not going to be used for?

Face and speech recognition, coupled with artificial intelligence in a mechanical robot body sounds a lot like android science. A.I. is becoming embedded in everything for all the right reasons but in reality it is one huge learning laboratory. Google, Facebook, Uber and so many more companies are embracing A.I. during what is the very early days of what is possible.

Who is DARPA?

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is an advanced-technology branch of the U.S. Department of Defense. The purpose of the agency is to try out new technologies and make them operationally ready, if possible, and to reach beyond current military technology to do something new.

“DARPA imagines and makes possible new capabilities for overcoming the multifaceted threats and challenges that lie ahead. This makes a better, more secure future possible,” the agency wrote on its website.

Precision guidance and navigation, stealth, unmanned aerial vehicles, night vision, and communications and networking

are among the technologies that changed the face of war over the last two decades.


The agency that became DARPA was created after the Soviet Union launched the Sputnik satellite in 1957. The first satellite sent to space sparked a wave of worry that the United States was falling behind technologically. Today DARPA is working on multiple technological front lines.

Neil deGrasse Tyson  ( born October 5, 1958) is an American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, and science communicator. Since 1996, he has been the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City.

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