Week 6

Fiction & robotics laws

1. A robot may not injure a human being, or, through inaction allow a human being to come to harm.
2. A robot must obey the orders given it by human beings except where such orders would conflict with the First Law
3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Law.

Different schools of design: B.E.A.M.

Mark Tilden is a recognized roboticist that has challenged the status quo. He is one of the pioneers together with other bright scientists asking themselves the concepts behind a robot. Only scratching the surface, we can take a look at the laws he propose:

1. Protect thyself.
2. Feed thyself.
3. Move thyself to better real estate.

There is a lot to learn from Tilden and why is it so challenging this design philosophy. Here there are some videos online.



Example of robot programming from MIT Media Lab “Mobile Robots: From Inspiration to Implementation”


Additional Resources

Exoskeleton: Case study – Video

Agriculture Robotics: Economic feasibility , Video

Home Robots: Video1 –Video2

Robot Insects: VideoExplanation

4 legs evolution: Video1 – Video2 – Video3

Quadrotors: Video1 – Video2 – Video3

Swarm Robots: Video1

Soft robotics: Video2

Modular Robotics Video3

Snake – like robots Video4

Robots that can sweat: Video

Frontiers in robotics and AI – Journal


Slides used in class: Week 6