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6941: Human-robot Interaction

Smarter Business

Dr. Kate Darling’s passion is in investigating social robotics, exploring the emotional connection between people and lifelike machines, and seeking to influence technology design and policy direction. Her writing and research anticipate difficult questions that lawmakers, engineers, and the wider public will need to address as human-robot relationships evolve in the coming decades.

Topic:
Featured Sessions Smarter Business
Venue:
Park Theater
Time:
Wed (February 13), 2:30PM PT

Speakers

Dr. Kate Darling

Research Specialist, MIT Media Lab & Harvard

Robots are taking increasingly bigger roles in life and business - moving well beyond manufacturing and into transportation, education, medicine and care for the elderly. But ethics and law haven't caught up. Dr. Kate Darling, a pioneer in the fields, is helping quicken the pace.

A leading expert in robot ethics, she is a researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Media Lab where she investigates social robotics and conducts experimental studies on human-robot interaction. Darling explores the emotional connection between people and life-like inventions, seeking to influence technology design and policy direction. Her writing and research anticipate difficult questions that lawmakers, engineers and the wider public must address as human-robot relationships evolve in the coming decades. Darling's work has been featured in the BBC, The Guardian, The Boston Globe, CBC, WIRED, and more.