Symbiotic robot-worker relations (hosted by The Royal Institution)

Join David Abbink as he argues that robots and humans should work in partnership, not as a substitute for each other



A new generation of cognitive robots, powered by artificial intelligence, will soon enter our society. In this talk, David Abbink will argue that cognitive robots can provide great benefits to individuals and society, improving quality of life, offering new work that is meaningful and productive – and that embraces diversity rather than standardisation of human experience.

He’ll showcase how humans use robotic tools and how force feedback can improve performance. David will then describe how these lessons show the optimal way humans can use robots but still feel in control before highlighting a huge array of applications, from robotic arms to highly automated driving. David will conclude with a recognition that engineering can only tell us so much, and an interdisciplinary approach is needed to maximise the potential of these new, thinking, robots.

This event is supported by the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

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Jul 08 2021


2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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