“I would love to have a robot at home.”–Hugh Jackman
“I think I’d take a human butler over a robot one.”–Tom Felton
Robot butler? Maybe. Robot sommelier? No thanks.
But right on cue with last weeks podcast #23, with robot psychiatrist Joanne Pransky, this week’s news is full up with robots. (See a YouTube link to the Pransky interview at the bottom of this page).
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Robots/Voice Assistants–A new survey by the Brookings institute finds that even while many Americans are OK with Alexa and Siri, 61% are uncomfortable with robots in the home. The afore-mentioned Joanne Pransky takes issue with the survey’s methodology, even while she attempts to explain the problem.
—An AI-equipped robot named CIMON has been launched to join the international space station aboard the SpaceX Dragon Cargo Capsule. It’s the first Ai-equipped machine ever to be launched into space.
—Honda has announced the retirement of their famed robot, ASIMO. They’re shutting him (her? it?) down to focus their robotic technology on more practical uses such as elder care and disaster relief.
Cybersecurity—The future of security in the digital world might lie in the realm of a quantum random number generator. According to IEEE Spectrum, it may be the only was to generate truly random numbers.
Energy– UK-based Tokamak Energy has heated plasma in a to a record 15 million degrees Celsius (27 million Farenheit). They say this could lead to commercial nuclear fusion by 2030. Let me know if you see Bigfoot or a unicorn first.
Space/NASA–NASA has again delayed the launch of the James Webb Space Telescope, now scheduling the launch for 2021. Cost overruns–bringing the total expenditure estimate to $9.7 billion–may threaten the continuation of the project.
Bioprinting/Biotechnology–3D printed implantable organs may be getting closer to reality. Tech crunch reports that a startup company in a San Francisco biotech incubator is leading the way.
Seeking Delphi Podcast #23–A Conversation with Joanne Pransky, The World’s First Robotic Psychiatrist®