RED WHITTAKER
University Professor & Fredkin Professor of Robotics
Carnegie Mellon

Robots at Work

Automation is creating a future where robots develop, secure and feed the world. Intelligent machines are already changing the way we live, work and expand our experiences. They are now tools for labor and hazardous duty on earth, and for exploring other planets, and these robots are here to stay. Development, refinement and markets are driving solutions into the world.

Automation continues to move from laboratory to life. The great questions are no longer whether robots can sense, think and act, but why, how, and where to do this. The talk explores latest technical innovations. It also presents applications for these robots in energy, agriculture, construction, mining, security and exploration. Grand Challenge robot competitions are technical enterprises that are driving leaps of technology in applications from mining to space. These inspire the public and galvanize new visions.

Competitions are played out on a world stage. Breakthroughs from challenge competitions catalyze technology, open huge markets, and forever alter the view of what is possible. The presentation concludes with how robots are affecting ourselves, our world and our futures.