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October 12th, 2007

Talking Robots Podcast LogoTalking Robots: Robot Brains and Emotions
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In this episode we talk to Michael Arbib who is the Fletcher Jones professor of computer science, as well as a professor of biological sciences, biomedical engineering, electrical engineering, neuroscience and psychology at the University of Southern California where he is also the director of the USC Brain Project. He’s been inspiring roboticists around the world with his research in neuroscience especially on mirror systems. He gives us insight as to why we cry at the movies and how imitation and language acquisition might have came about in humans or monkeys. From the neurons to the machines and from “faked” emotions to real ones, he gives us his view on robots today and tomorrow.

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September 14th, 2007

Talking Robots Podcast LogoTalking Robots: Probabilistic Robotics and the DARPA challenges
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In this episode we interview Sebastian Thrun who is the director of the Stanford AI Lab (SAIL) in California. He tells us how he won the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge along with the Stanford Racing Team and Stanley the robot car using his secret ingredient, probabilistic robotics. He prepares us for a future where autonomous cars zigzag through traffic, bringing children, the elderly and workers to their destination in a safe and efficient manner.

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May 25th, 2007

Talking Robots Podcast LogoTalking Robots: Embodied Cognition
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In this episode we talk to Yasuo Kuniyoshi about embodied cognition. By confronting his human size humanoids to their environment he proves that lifting heavy objects or performing some acrobatic moves become a piece of cake. When augmented with a pinch of chaos theory and a baby size humanoid, Yasou Kuniyoshi attempts to show us that embodied cognition might explain a lot about the way babies move and develop.

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May 11th, 2007

Talking Robots Podcast LogoTalking Robots: Evolutionary Robotics
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In this episode we talk to Dario Floreano about evolutionary robotics. From evolution to learning and from single robots to swarm systems, Prof. Floreano presents how evolutionary robotics can be used to understand biological systems and design efficient control for robots.

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April 27th, 2007

Talking Robots Podcast LogoTalking Robots: Behavior Based Robotics
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In this episode we interview Rodney Brooks on behavior based robotics. He talks about how mosquitoes in Thailand caused a fundamental shift in artificial intelligence, how to build robots that sell, and how 50 years from now you’ll be fighting with your robot for spare parts.

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