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Robots: Supernumerary Limbs

In this episode, Audrow Nash interviews Federico Parietti, a PhD candidate at MIT, about his research on supernumerary limbs that can be used in manufacturing and for rehabilitative purposes, among other uses.

New in Chess (2015/3)

While Bobby Fischer was on the gallant cover of the New in Chess 2015/1 with legendary Miguel Najdorf, this issue was a vituperative denouncement of him. After Fischer passed away in 2009, every came forth to psychoanalyze him in a way that was relentless and sometimes fanatical. Many books have been written with references to […]

Billy Collins's Genius

Tundra Swans. (I actually don't know if Billy Collins had been watching Tundra or Mute Swans, but Tundra Swans produce a better sound for the radio.) Every now and then, I read a poem that is so perfect—so simple and obvious and yet layered, and that speaks so directly to my heart as well as my mind—that I’m blown away. Show More Summary

Robots: bStem

In this episode, Audrow Nash interviews Todd Hylton, Senior Vice President at Brain Corporation, about neuromorphic computers. They discuss the robotics development board bStem, which approximates a neuromorphic computer, as well as the eyeRover: a small balancing robot that demonstrates how the bStem can be used in mobile robots.

Gender in Chess… the long and Short of it

Since 2012 I have done a review of each issue of New in Chess. When I received my New in Chess (NIC) magazine a month ago, I was pleased to see Hikaru Nakamura as the cover story as well as the Tata Steel coverage. The issue included a Carlsen interview and there was coverage on […]

Podcast #19 – Aoudad Hunting Tips & Tactics

GOTHUNTS - Representing Hunters with Proven Hunting Outfitters Learn how to hunt aoudad, their funny habits and why they are a critter worth putting on your bucket list. Listen in as Tom and Marc discuss Aoudad hunting strategies, the gear.... Show More Summary

Robots: Soft Robotics Toolkit

Ron Vanderkley speaks to Donal Holland of Harvard University about his team's work on the Soft Robotics Toolkit.

Robots: Emergent Communication

Sara Mitri, researcher at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne speaks about her bio-inspired experiments on the evolution of communication. Jürgen Jost, director at Leipzig's Max Planck Institute, discusses intentionality in robot communication.

Robots: The Race to the Moon

William "Red" Whittaker, director of the Field Robotics Center at Carnegie Mellon University, talks about his team's bid for the Google Lunar X Prize.

Robots: Jumping and Crawling in Millirobots

Sarah Bergbreiter from the University of Maryland gives us an overview of her work with robotic mobile sensor networks, walking and jumping micro-robots as well as fast prototyping of novel robots. Aaron Hoover at Berkeley talks about novel manufacturing techniques with smart composites. This episode then features the third part of Science Fiction author Jack Graham's "Selkies".

Robots: The Robot Blogosphere

This episode gives an insight into part of the online robotics community. We interview Steve Rainwater on his experience with, the first and probably largest robot community site online. Mikell Taylor shares her experience with the IEEE Spectrum Automaton blog and also gives us a quick insight into her current job at Bluefin Robotics.

Robots: A Robot Fly at Harvard and at the MoMA

This episode centers on the robotic fly, featuring interviews with professor Robert Wood at Harvard university and with Paola Antonelli, the curator of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Robots: Celebrating Invention

Dean Kaman from DEKA research speaks about the spirit of invention that drives him to create products that improve lives, and of the FIRST initiative that encourages young children to get engaged in engineering and science.

Robots: Giant Roaming Creatures

Theo Jansen describes his Strandbeest, giant walking creatures that can walk and sense their environments. We then talk to Jaimie Mantzel who is building a giant 6-legged robot on his mountain in Vermont.

Robots: The REEM-B and HUBO Humanoids

In this episode we speak with Davide Faconti, leader of the REEM project, one of the few European contenders in humanoid robotics. We then speak with Jun Ho Oh from South Korea who was the general chair of the last International Conference on Humanoid Robots for his snapshot view of the field as well as the HUBO humanoids developed in his lab.

Robots: Learning with LEGO

In this episode we speak with Chris Rogers about the use of LEGO in educating young children in engineering, math and science. We then speak with Liz Herron on her experiences with children using LEGO MINDSTORMS robotic kits at the LEGO Education Centre.

Robots: Human-Robot Love

David Levy, author of the book "Love + Sex with Robots" and Kathleen Richardson who is a doctor of Robot Anthropology at Cambridge University discuss the future of human-robot relationships, both physical and emotional.

Robots: Robot Ethics (Part 1)

This first episode in a two part series on Robot Ethics interviews Noel Sharkey, Professor of Public Engagement, Artificial Intelligence and Robotics at the University of Sheffield in the UK. Topics include military robots, robots in the society, medical robots and legal responsibilities.

Robots: 2008 New Year's Special

We review the biggest events in robotics in 2008 and look to what 2009 has to offer with our panel of experts: Dan Kara from Robotics Trends, Terry Fong from the NASA Ames Research Center, Dario Floreano from the EPFL, Steve Rainwater from, and Minoru Asada from Osaka University.

Robots: Industrial Robots in Research

Raúl Ordóñez from the Motoman Robotics Lab talks about research in industrial robotics and how he hopes to use visual servoing as a feedback mechanism allowing robot arms to accomplish complex tasks such as juggling.

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