Last time, I began a discussion of the safety of the devices that are becoming part of the Internet of things. Five principles aimed at better design of human–robot interactions are sensors for safety, context awareness, fast reaction time, robustness, and compliance (specifically, compliance motors). These provide a good starting point for exploring safety issues with big, industrial robots, but most future human–robot interactions and human–device interactions and interactions with the Internet of Things will not have anything to do with these large robots.
As devices become more and more integrated into our world, how do we stay safe? How do we protect others? How do we balance the risks and benefits for ourselves and for our society? My starting point for exploring these questions is a recent DARPA competition. It got me thinking about robots operating side-by-side or […]
El automóvil, los ordenadores personales, el ferrocarril o el control de la natalidad han transformado nuestro paisaje, nuestras vidas y nuestra cultura. Cada uno ha puesto a nuestro alcance nuevas posibilidades, y ya es difícil pensar en nosotros mismos y en nuestra sociedad sin ellos como punto de referencia. No he terminado con mi análisis […]
Last time I imagined things taking to the air, and I closed with the implications of a murmuration of birds. My intent was to make this post highly speculative, marching through potential applications for robotic birds and insects, and ending with smart dust. I’m still speculative, but I’m going to focus particularly on smart insects, […]