Bio Inspired Robotics, Drones on Battlefield and Building Realworld C3PO? | Auke Ijspeert

Bio Inspired Robotics, Drones on Battlefield and Building Realworld C3PO? | Auke Ijspeert

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Auke Ijspeert is a professor at the EPFL (the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology at Lausanne), and head of the Biorobotics Laboratory (BioRob).

In our wide-ranging conversation, we cover many things, including:

  • The purpose and value of biomicking robots
  • Why Auke is worried about drones and robots in future battlefields
  • The difference between theory and practice for robot design
  • Why Auke works with AI researchers but not that closely
  • How we should think about regulating robotics
  • Why Auke thinks we’re still a long way off from AGI
  • The problem with scientists and researchers forgetting to think about ethics
  • When we can expect large scale robotics in modern life
  • Why C3PO isn’t an ideal answer to home robotics
  • How hype cycles drive robotics and tech development and
  • Why AI research and progress may in fact be slowing down
  • The reason Auke is so excited and optimistic about autonomous vehicles
  • Why scientists are fascinated and frustrated with Boston Dynamics

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