Will You Be Replaced by a Robot?

Rodney Brooks and his Robot Baxter

Google is buying all the robots. Amazon wants mini­-drones to deliver goods to our doorsteps. Most wondrous of all, robots are now collaborating with each other via their very own internet. One could certainly say that 2014 is shaping up to be the Year of the Robot, and that Rodney Brooks is at the forefront of this technological shift.

Rodney is a leading roboticist and professor known for his broad application of robot intelligence. He has sent robots into oil wells, into hospitals for robot­assisted surgery and even into the search and rescue mission at Ground Zero in New York City. Most recently, Rodney is known for creating Baxter (pictured above): a humanoid robot – with eyes that see and hands that touch – designed to work safely with humans at factories.

What would you like to know about the coming Robot Revolution? You can ask Rodney yourself! Click to register for Rodney’s live video chat: “2014: The Year of The Robot” to be held Friday April 18 at 12 pm EST, or visit www.wizeo.org for more information. Rodney’s chat will support BUILD’s mission of using entrepreneurship to motivate low-income, disengaged high school students to college and career success.


About Rodney Brooks: A mathematics undergraduate in his native Australia, Rodney received a Ph.D. in Computer Science from Stanford in 1981. From 1984 to 2010, he was on the MIT faculty, and completed his service as the Panasonic Professor of Robotics. He was also the founding Director of the Institute’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and served in that role until 2007. In 1990, he co-founded iRobot (NASDAQ: IRBT), where he served variously as CTO, Chairman and board member until 2011. Rodney has been honored by election to the National Academy of Engineering, and has been elected as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Association of Computing Machinery, the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence and the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Watch Rodney’s recent 60 Minutes interview: Are Robots Hurting Job Growth?

About WIZEO: Wizeo offers exclusive video chats with interesting and influential people, each known as a Wiz, to help nonprofits raise support and awareness for their causes. This revolutionary crowdgiving platform offers an effective triple win­win experience. The nonprofit wins by expanding their reach and acquiring new donors at no up­front cost. The donor wins by getting memorable face­time interaction with a Wiz. Wizzes win by activating their star power and influence towards a cause they care about. Visit www.wizeo.org.


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