Dr. Daniela Rus, 2002 MacArthur Fellow, professor at MIT and a leading expert in the field of robotics, envisions a world in which robots co-exist with and work side by side to support humans. These systems will be capable of carrying out tasks that are unachievable by conventional machines or even by humans working with conventional tools. The next logical step in the evolution of computers and computation intelligence may be a movement from personal computers to personal robots. This robotics revolution will broaden the scope of robotics technologies from the predominantly industrial to increased automation in environments such as deep space and the underwater world. Dr. Rus appears in conversation with Gabriel Spitzer, Science Reporter for WBEZ Chicago Public Radio.
This program is another of the Library's MacArthur Fellows Science Series programs and is presented in partnership with Science Chicago: Life's A Lab, with generous support from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation through the Chicago Public Library Foundation. More information is available at www.macfound.org.
Recorded Tuesday, November 10, 2009 at Harold Washington Library Center.