Ayanna Howard: Human-Robot Interaction and Ethics of Safety-Critical Systems

Ayanna Howard is a roboticist and professor at Georgia Tech, director of Human-Automation Systems lab, with research interests in human-robot interaction, assistive robots in the home, therapy gaming apps, and remote robotic exploration of extreme environments.

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00:00 – Introduction
02:09 – Favorite robot
05:05 – Autonomous vehicles
08:43 – Tesla Autopilot
20:03 – Ethical responsibility of safety-critical algorithms
28:11 – Bias in robotics
38:20 – AI in politics and law
40:35 – Solutions to bias in algorithms
47:44 – HAL 9000
49:57 – Memories from working at NASA
51:53 – SpotMini and Bionic Woman
54:27 – Future of robots in space
57:11 – Human-robot interaction
1:02:38 – Trust
1:09:26 – AI in education
1:15:06 – Andrew Yang, automation, and job loss
1:17:17 – Love, AI, and the movie Her
1:25:01 – Why do so many robotics companies fail?
1:32:22 – Fear of robots
1:34:17 – Existential threats of AI
1:35:57 – Matrix
1:37:37 – Hang out for a day with a robot