Today is the AP Sports Editors Northeast meeting. It is being’s streamed live online at: http://bit.ly/17HstgM
There is a Twitter hash tag for you to network and participate at #APSEMarist
Please use the Twitter account you would use for sports reporting and journalism.
The event is all day starting at 9:15am.
Two key panels come in the afternoon, including from 1 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. a debate on whether the media should vote on the Baseball Hall of Fame — panelists include the president of the Baseball Hall of Fame Jeff Idelson and TJ Quinn of ESPN — and from 2:30 to 3:15 a discussion on best writing pratices for young jounalists featuring Selena Roberts, Jane McMannus (ESPN NY), and Michael Weinreb (Grantland).
This is about more than learning how robots can be trained to do tasks better. It’s about a step in research that takes interaction into account.
“A team of roboticists has shown that by getting robots and humans to carry out simple tasks together, then swap roles, synchronicity increases significantly because the machines gain a better understanding of what’s required of them.”
There’s three camps of robotics researchers.
1) One camp is focused on function and training. How do we get robots to do the things we want them to do? They build amazing things and often take humans into account because humans need a UI to be able to use the robot like a tool. This group is making incredible strides, like the Pneupard CheetahBot.
2) Another camp is taking the social element of animatronic machinery and trying to figure out people react to robotic buddies. Turns out it’s a complicated situation, but strides are being made here as well. Meet MAKI, the social home robot that’s trying to get kickstarter funds.
3) Lastly we have the combination of the two. The consumer robotics people. They are trying to find ways to sell the function and the social form of robots to consumers. The thing is, this is somehow trickier than expected. People aren’t rushing out to buy Grillbot. The mesh of function and social hasn’t yet hit that perfect point.
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Medical robots help with patient care. Stuff like basic patient monitoring. If you’ve ever been in the hospital, nurses come in every hour or half hour, sometimes longer, to check on you. in this Dr. Robot scenario, I assume the robot would be doing some of that checking.
The idea is to save some money on staffing. Nurses are stretched thin as it is, and provide more continuous care for situations where it is helpful. Here’s a vid of the RP-VITA in action.
Here’s why I think it’s a bad idea—People are freaked out by robots.
Most people are not me (or you if you’re reading this). We’re most likely geeky, probably men, who are fascinated by robotics and would spend our time rolling dice on various “checks”. I would LOVE a robot doctor.
However, a survey from 2008 asked participants what household tasks they would be comfortable with robots conducting. The results don’t specifically get at medical care, but they did ask about a few tasks that are similar to care.
Things people are the LEAST comfortable with robots doing:
Care for children
Care for pets
Keep me company
Maybe this is the step needed for people to start getting comfortable with robots in the home. maybe it’s the kind of exposure that people need. On the other hand, maybe it will create an atmosphere that feels like the patient isn’t important enough to receive human care, which could potentially result in reduced health improvements.
Gael Langevin wants to give you a robot. The French artist is posting 3D printer files for a humanoid robot he’s building as he completes the various parts, allowing us all to create our very own plastic helper/lover with some ABS plastic, a few Arduino boards, and some motors.
The plans for the hands are available on Thingiverse and Langevin will release more parts over the next few months. […] The robot is completely open source and all the plans will be available for download. You should be able to print most of the pieces on a home 3D printer […].