Robot-Man Partners to Take the Stage in Washington DC
On September 16 robots will spend the day flying, hopping, scooting and just showing off in Washington DC at the invitation of the National Science Foundation (NSF). The most successful of them will be demonstrating ergonomics in action as well as advanced technology.
The robots are on a mission – to highlight the findings of the World Technology Evaluation Center International Study of Robotics. A report on the two year study, which evaluates robotics research and development in the United States, Japan, Korea and Western Europe, will be presented at the Washington DC event.
The energetic exhibits at the event will represent a new generation of robots: they cooperate with man on a more equitable basis than their predecessors, which were built on the master-slave model. Ergonomically speaking, the most successful of the new generation will be the ones with the most functional partnership with man – a partnership built on a solid understanding of what each does best.
There have been big advances, but the “gold standard” is still in the future. The Ergonomics report, a subscription publication for professionals requiring a deeper view of ergonomics, recently asked two robotics experts to define a successful man-robot partnership.
Dr. Bill Clancey, Chief Scientist at the Human-Centered Computing division of NASA Ames Research Center in California, described success as “developing a robot with its own research goals and competencies, so it could contribute a personal point of view, like a colleague.” He noted it could take decades to understand how to develop this “conscious” robot. Dr. Clancey
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