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Andra Keay is the Managing Director of Silicon Valley Robotics, non-profit industry group supporting innovation and commercialization of robotics technologies. Andra is also founder of the Robot Launch global startup competition and a mentor, investor and advisor to startups, accelerators and think tanks, with a strong interest in commercializing socially positive robotics and AI, shared on “The Robot State” site.
Andra cofounded Robohub, the global robotics research news site, building on her background in film, television and media production, internet and computing technologies, with degrees in Interaction, Communication and Human/Robot Cultural Studies. Andra also cofounded Robot Garden, a robotics makerspace and teaches Interaction Design and Theory. Andra has a particular interest in understanding diversity and representation in robotics and AI and started the Women in Robotics community. Andra speaks regularly to international audiences on robotics/AI ethics, innovation, commercialization and interaction.
Fun fact: Andra used to play in early Australian punk rock bands.
Forget Asimov’s 3 Laws of Robotics! There are five major problems with bad robots, and there are 5 design guidelines for building good robots that answer all our ethical concerns. Based on latest research and real world deployments!
We’ve entered at Cambrian Explosion in robotics technologies, with exponential expansion in the array of new companies. Just like in the biological Cambrian period, the development of visual perception has powered this growth in robotics. We call it the transition from Robotics 1.0 to Robotics 2.0. What does this mean in the real world?
• Robots and Retail
• Robots and Our Homes
• Robots and Our Health
• Robots and Food – from Farm to Fork
• Space Robots
• Diversity, Robots and Women
• From Reference Man to Reference Many
How to avoid the robopocalypse, how to build really good robots, and how to build diversity too.
After fifty years of Robotics 1.0, we’re now seeing an array of entirely new robotics technologies entering the world. From the closed factories of Robotics 1.0 to our everyday interactions with Robotics 2.0, what’s real, what’s going to change, and what will the future hold with Robotics 3.0.
Thanks to Hollywood, it’s easy to fear our mechanical robot replacements. However, there is no agreement among analysts and academics as to the real impact of current technological revolutions. Let’s separate robots, from AI, automation and computerization and place each technology in the global economic environment. The only problem is how slowly we are making changes!
From colonizing the solar system to feeding the world, how will robotics technologies help us solve our Global Challenges? Let’s look at the front lines of our emerging new technologies, particularly sensors, robotics and AI.
It’s easy to believe that the robot revolution is upon us when we watch amazing robot/AI videos. What are the real impacts of Alpha Zero or Boston Dynamics? What new robot companies are disrupting entire industries? Is your industry about to get disrupted? And how can we differentiate between what’s really changing and research videos? Silicon Valley Robotics is an association of innovative robotics companies who are making that transition from research to real world, so we track the data on the real robot revolution.