SkeptiCamp Winnipeg 2012: Robots and Emotions

On Saturday, 29 September 2012, the Winnipeg Skeptics held their third annual SkeptiCamp event. SkeptiCamp Winnipeg is a conference for the sharing of ideas. It is free and open to the public: anyone can attend and participate! Presentations and discussions focus on science and free inquiry, and the audience is encouraged to challenge presenters to defend their ideas.

Dr. Jim Young is a researcher in computer science at the University of Manitoba specializing in human-robot interaction. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Calgary, where he focused on mixing robotic interface design with sociology, and worked for four years at the University of Tokyo, designing easy-to-use robotic interfaces for the general public.

SkeptiCamp is an open conference celebrating science and critical thinking. For more information please visit SkeptiCamp.org.

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Episode 49: Robots! Part 2!

Episode 49: Robots! Part 2!

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Gem Newman, Richelle McCullough, Greg Christensen, and Mark Forkheim talk about the robot apocalypse and how robots are portrayed in fiction. This episode also features the second part of our interview with Human Robot Interaction researcher Derek Cormier.

Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a program promoting secular humanism and scientific skepticism presented by the Winnipeg Skeptics and the Humanists, Atheists & Agnostics of Manitoba.

Links: Episode 29: Zombies! Part 1! | Episode 32: Zombies! Part 2! | “Grey Goo” Scenario | Robot Toddler Could Unlock Secrets of Human Development | Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics | What If? The Robot Apocalypse | Why I Am No Longer a Christian | Carl Sagan’s Cosmos

What Are You Reading? The Handmaid’s Tale, by Margaret Atwood | Rapture of the Nerds, by Cory Doctorow and Charles Stross | Mortality, by Christopher Hitchens | The Missionary Position, by Christopher Hitchens | This Book Is Full of Spiders, by David Wong/Jason Pargin | A Memory of Light, by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson | Sundiver, by David Brin | Losing My Religion, by William Lobdell | The Demon Haunted World, by Carl Sagan | Flatland, Edwin Abbott Abbott

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Episode 48: Robots! Part 1!

Episode 48: Robots! Part 1!

In this episode of Life, the Universe & Everything Else, Gem Newman, Richelle McCullough, Greg Christensen, and Mark Forkheim talk about robots: specifically, about how they will eventually take over the world. This episode also features an interview with Human Robot Interaction researcher Derek Cormier.

Life, the Universe & Everything Else is a program promoting secular humanism and scientific skepticism presented by the Winnipeg Skeptics and the Humanists, Atheists & Agnostics of Manitoba.

Links: Episode 29: Zombies! Part 1! | Episode 32: Zombies! Part 2! | “Grey Goo” Scenario | Robot Toddler Could Unlock Secrets of Human Development | Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics | Milgram Experiment

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Awesome robotics and unfortunate acronyms

Cross-posted from Subspecies

Cyberdyne (yes, like from Terminator)’s robotic exoskeleton, designed to help increase mobility in the elderly and assist people with heavy lifting in their workplaces, is being used to help a paralyzed Japanese man tour historic sites in France. It’s not quite as exciting as the headline makes it out to be – his carrier will be wearing the robo-suit, not him. Still, it’s fantastic that they’re finding diverse applications for this really cool technology. Reading muscle impulses isn’t far off from actually helping those whose nerve impulses in the brain don’t reach their intended targets. It looks like such technology will be possible in my lifetime, which is fantastic!

Still, I do wish they didn’t call it the Hybrid Assistive Limb (HAL). Seriously? Have these people never seen 2001:A Space Odyssey?

You've clearly never taken a marketing class, Dave.

Via: Discovery News