The Robots are Coming

– I’m Jason Maderer and
this is Magnus Egerstedt. You’re on you ninth month
as the director of Georgia Tech’s Institute for Robotics
and Intelligent Machines. What does Georgia Tech do well
when it comes to robotics? – So our unique strong point is really robots and people and
robots and other robots, meaning when robots are
no longer just confined to the cages on the
manufacturing floors but they’re entering our daily
lives how should they engage with us and how should we engage with the robots and this is an area where we really own the space
because we’re both deep, meaning we have the experts
in the sub disciplines but we’re also really broad
in that we have economists and engineers and psychologists
and computer scientists even philosophers working
together to try to understand how should robots interact
with us and with each other. – Well let’s back it
out a little bit then. What do you see as the
future for robotics globally and who benefits the most? – Well it’s clear that
the robots are coming. They are leaving the cages
on the manufacturing floors and we’re gonna see robots in our homes, in our hospitals, in our farms, and the question is how
do we actually structure society and our interactions
with the robots so that we don’t end up with
robotic mechanical overlords but in fact that the human
experience is richer, that we become more productive, then we can become healthier, that we become even more
creative or more equal and equitable and I see
an institute like IRIM our job is to make sure
that we go down that path so that the robotic
revolution actually benefits everyone as opposed to a select few. – Alright let’s look at this space that we’re in because I’ll give it to you. This is not a pretty space right now. – I’m gonna disagree. – You have awesome plans going forward. This is the Robotarium
in the Van Leer Building. What is that? – So one thing that we’ve been trying to do is make sure that
everyone has access to sharp robotic facilities. – Everyone in the country, in the world. – Everyone in the world. If you’re a smart Girl Scout in California with ideas about how to program robots you should be able to run
it on world class robots. So, what we’re building here
is the Robotarium it’s a terrarium for robots meaning, people can upload code online, run experiments on our
robots and here we’re gonna have teams of
robots on the ground and in the air collaborating
to solve complicated tasks. So, you can run your
experiments on our robots and get the data back and in that way become a real robotic
scientist without having to worry about actually
maintaining a robotic facility. We already have a scaled down
version of the Robotarium where we have had over 200
research users from every continent except Antarctica so far. – That’s awesome. – It is awesome. – Alright so it is a pretty space. I’ll agree with you. – Well you gotta envision what it’s gonna look like when it’s done. – (laughing) Magnus
Egerstedt is the director of Georgia Tech’s Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines.

One Comment

  1. Muhammad Arafat said:

    Is Dr. Magnus still the director of the GRITS lab as well?

    March 17, 2018

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