Show: Future Talk

Episode: 0026 Future Talk - The Future of Robotics

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Episode Description:

This episode looks at the rapidly growing field of robotics. The guest is Chuck Colby, whose 50+ year career as an inventor has produced some notable firsts, including the first home satellite receiver station, the first low-cost telephone answering machine, the first low cost TV camera, police car computers, airport security devices and much more. He started his career by building what's believed to be the world's first commercial pocket transistor radio at the age of 12.

Today he works mostly in robotics, and he demonstrates some of his creations, including the T-Bot, which effectively lets the user be in two places at the same time. He also discusses some of the dominant trends in robotics, the challenges that need to be overcome, and how robots might affect our lives in the future.

The episode also features videos of two very different types of robots. One is a humanoid model made by Honda that has very articulated arms and hands, and can unscrew bottles, pour drinks and serve them to humans. The other is a heavy duty driverless military vehicle made by the U.S. Army whose unusual wheel configuration enables it to climb over walls, and that can be programmed with a set of coordinates and figure out on its own how to get there.

Martin Wasserman hosts.

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Total SD Episode Video Runtime (hh:mm:ss): 00:28:31

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Date SD Episode Video Uploaded: Saturday, November 26, 2011 - 19:17

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