Monday, April 30, 2012 | Categories: Full Interviews
Can't we all just get along? Humans and robots, I mean. Chris Parker, a post-doctoral researcher in robotics at the University of British Columbia, looks to a future where robots and humans work alongside one another, or where robots assist us with daily tasks. If they are part of everyday life, we'll only be happy interacting with robots if we can effectively share the same physical space.
As humans, we communicate a lot of information about our intentions through subtle physical cues. We don't explicitly have a discussion with another person every time we need to move around a shared physical space. Can we design robots so that they more subtly communicate their states and actions in a way that's easier for humans to understand? That's what Chris is researching.
You can hear the full, uncut interview below, or download the MP3. [runs 19:06]
If you find this interview interesting, you might want to check out our special on humans and robots.