Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Sign in

Engineering Human-Machine Relationships

05/23/2003 10:45 AM Kresge
Barbara Liskov, Institute Professor and Associate Provost for Faculty Equity, MIT; ; Leslie Pack Kaelbling, Panasonic Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, MIT; Rodney A. Brooks, Founder, Chairman and Chief Technical Officer, Heartland Robotics; Martin Schmidt, '83, PhD '88, Professor of Electrical Engineering ; Victor Zue, ScD '76, Delta Electronics Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science; Director, CSAIL

Description: f you feel inseparable from your laptop and cell phone today, just wait a few years: the connection between people and machines is about to get much, much closer. This theme underlay much of the panel discussion. Victor Zue's computers can take subtle visual and conversational cues from a speaker, and respond appropriately (even switching languages at the drop of a hat!). Leslie Pack Kaelbling described the perfect office mate, the "Enduring Personal Cognitive Assistant," which will someday remind you to press forward on a neglected project or to soothe the ruffled feathers of a snubbed colleague. Martin Schmidt's lab is finding ways to plug the tiniest circuitry into a boot or a sneaker to harvest the body's energy for lightweight battery power out in the field. And Rodney Brooks showcased Kismet, a robot who can babble like an appreciative baby and bat her eyes in response to compliments. He also showed a remarkable video of another invention: a prosthetic leg that understands how it's being walked on and adapts. As a woman tries the leg out for the first time, she laughs with sheer delight.

Host(s): School of Engineering, Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

Comments (1)

insert here

Posted 2 years by Anonymous 00:00:14

You need to log in, in order to post comments.

MIT World — special events and lectures

MIT World — special events and lectures

Category: Events | Updated 9 months ago

Created
December 12, 2011 18:07
Category
Tags
License
All Rights Reserved (What is this?)
Additional Files


Viewed
4510 times

More from MIT World — special events and lectures

Why History Matters: International Law and the Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict

Why History Matters: International ...

Added over 4 years ago | 01:36:00 | 15092 views

20"Ton Canaries: The Great Whales of the North Atlantic  (panel)

20"Ton Canaries: The Great Whales o...

Added over 4 years ago | 01:06:00 | 5785 views

The Future of Finance

The Future of Finance

Added over 4 years ago | 01:10:00 | 6381 views

China's Development and China"US Relations

China's Development and China"US Re...

Added over 4 years ago | 01:11:00 | 6344 views

A Policy on Leadership

A Policy on Leadership

Added over 4 years ago | 00:51:25 | 12022 views

Paradigm Shifts: From Biology to Technology to Medical Applications

Paradigm Shifts: From Biology to Te...

Added over 4 years ago | 01:25:00 | 10816 views