Session Leader: Ken Goldberg, Professor, UC Berkeley

Artificial Intelligence and robots are back in the news and movies. Computers can beat humans at Jeopardy and Go and everyone is talking about driverless cars. Smart people like Stephen Hawking, Elon Musk, and Bill Gates are saying AI could soon surpass human intelligence. Some say we’re on the brink of a revolution where robots will steal 50% of our jobs. In this talk I’ll explain why humans still have many good years ahead. I’ll put recent developments into perspective and share insights about what isn’t new, what is new, and how we all can prepare for the future.

One exciting new development is "Cloud Robotics". This new paradigm will significantly advance the capabilities of robots based on emerging advances in cloud computing, big data, deep learning, open-source, wireless networking, and the Internet of Things. This talk will describe new research results from my group and others on deep grasping and superhuman surgery. I'll close with the 5-minute documentary film: "Why We Love Robots", which I co-wrote and was nominated for an Emmy Award.