David Hanson on The Future of Robotics

Monday, May 27, 2013

At the TEDx Taipei conference last year, roboticist David Hanson called for an open source movement to help bring about artificial general intelligence (AGI).

David Hanson is the founder and CEO of Hanson Robotics -- a company that aims to create robots as socially adept as any human being. Through his organization, he has seen the success of robotic facial hardware that establishes eye contact, recognizes faces and carries out natural spoken conversation.

In the video above, recorded at TEDx Taipei last year, Hanson calls for an open source movement to help bring about artificial general intelligence (AGI).  He calls this the Initiative for Waking Machines.  

For Hanson, adding character identity to robots and artificial intelligence will help us more, by increasing the interactivity of these devices.

The video also demonstrates Diego-San, a robot co-developed by Hanson for the University of California San Diego.

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If Hanson succeeds, he will create a socially intelligent robot that may even one day have a place in the human family.

"This moment is the Kitty Hawk of androids. We're seeing the arrival of conversational robots that can walk in our world. It's a golden age of invention." Hanson has told TIME magazine.

Hanson hopes these robotic faces prove useful to cognitive science and psychology, and to the entertainment industry. A former Walt Disney Imagineer, this young entrepreneur and roboticist has been labeled a genius by both PC Magazine and WIRED, and has earned awards from NASA, NSF and Cooper Hewitt Design.

Hanson will also be speaking at next month's GF2045 Congress.


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