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Society, Robots and Us: Conversations We Need To Have

June 30, 2020 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm UTC+7

On 30 June, Silicon Valley Robotics, an industry group supporting innovation and commercialization of robotics technologies, will be holding their fortnightly discussion session Robots, Society and Us. Join our campaigners Peter Asaro and Liz O’Sullivan who are guest speakers at this event. Register here.

The panel will be moderated by Andra Keay, Managing Director of Silicon Valley Robotics. Andra is an experienced futurist, and is also founder of Robot Launch, global robotics startup competition, cofounder of Robot Garden hackerspace, mentor at hardware accelerators, startup advisor and investor, with a strong interest in commercializing socially positive robotics and AI.

Guest speakers include:

  • Maynard Holliday, Advisor/Defense Innovator/Roboticist/Citizen Teacher/Obama Alumni/Mentor
    Currently working in the Global Talent Research group within the Engineering and Applied Sciences organization @ RAND in San Francisco CA. Current research interests include autonomous vehicles, swarm robotics, artificial intelligence, machine learning, counter drone technology and defense innovation. Leading joint RAND/AAA NCNU ODD Study and working on High Stakes AI Bias
  • Peter Asaro, Associate Professor at the New School
    Prof. Peter Asaro is a philosopher of science, technology and media. His work examines artificial intelligence and robotics as a form of digital media, and the ways in which technology mediates social relations and shapes our experience of the world. Prof. Asaro is also the Co-Founder and Vice-Chair of the International Committee for Robot Arms Control, and is on the Steering Committee of the Campaign to Stop Killer Robots.
  • Liz O’Sullivan, Founder ArthurAI and Technology Director of S.T.O.P.
    S.T.O.P. stands for Surveillance Technology Oversight Project. She’s also co-founder and vice president of commercial operations at an AI explainability and bias monitoring startup called Arthur AI. She has been featured in articles on ethical AI in the NY Times, The Intercept, and The Register, and has written about AI for the ACLU and The Campaign to Stop Killer Robots. She has spent 10 years in tech, mainly in the AI space, most recently as the head of image annotations for computer vision startup, Clarifai. She has held various leadership roles in NYC startups, ranging from Customer Delivery and Support to Sales and Solutions Architecture. Her passion for ethics springs from her degree in Philosophy from UNC Chapel Hill.
  • Ken Goldberg, Professor, Industrial Engineering and Operations Research and William S. Floyd Jr. Distinguished Chair in Engineering, UC Berkeley and Director of CITRIS and the Banatao Institute People and Robots Initiative
    Pursuing research in Robotics. Automation. Medical Robotics. Art. Networked Robots and Cameras. Social Information Filtering. Algorithmic Automation. New Media. Algorithms for Feeding, Fixturing, Grasping, and Assembly. Game-Based Learning. Automation for Public Safety and Security. Design of Parts, Devices, and Systems for Automation.


June 30, 2020
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm UTC+7
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