A new episode of the Cyber Valley podcast “Direktdurchwahl” is online. In the sixth episode our public engagement managers Rebecca Beiter and Patrick Klügel explore the research on haptic intelligence: How does our sense of touch work? Why is the human hand a marvelous wonder? What must machines be able to do in order to grasp objects? What can we learn about ourselves from robotics?
Katherine J. Kuchenbecker, Director at the Max-Planck-Institute for Intelligent Systems (MPI-IS) in Stuttgart, talks about the challenges and latest developments in haptic intelligence research. She explains why robots have barely been able to touch, how her research is trying to change that, and where that could potentially be useful. An abridged version of this conversation has also been published here for further reading.
Another perspective on the body and presence of machines is brought in by Ilja Mirsky, dramaturge at the Zimmertheater Tübingen (Institut für theatrale Zukunftsforschung ITZ). He is a Phd student on the topic of human-machine interaction and sees the relationship between humans and machines as a source of inspiration.
The podcast episode “Feel the robot” is now online on Spotify, Deezer, Amazon Music/Audible as well as Google Podcasts– and most recently on Apple Podcasts and YouTube. In addition, horads 88.6, the campus radio station for the Stuttgart/Ludwigsburg region, broadcasts the podcast every second Sunday at 14:00.
In our podcast, we clarify what artificial intelligence (AI) scientists are researching. We also present what AI can’t do (yet) or where special challenges currently exist in research and development. Our guests don’t talk about unrealistic visions of the future, but about the real questions that arise in their research. We also ask people from the region for their perspective on the complex topic of AI.
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