robotics

Robotics is the interdisciplinary branch of engineering and science that includes mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, computer science, and others. Robotics deals with the design, construction, operation, and use of robots, as well as computer systems for their control, sensory feedback, and information processing.

 

What role are robots going to play in our educational system? We organised an evening around this question.

 

What is the effect of algorithms on our society? Intern Mark van Koningsveld did research with Tinder chatbots that put users in a box.

 

The documentary about health care robot Alice from SELEMCA premiered at the International Film Festival in Rotterdam. 'Ik ben Alice' (I am Alice) is about the development and results of the health care robot Alice. Alice is an emotionally intelligent caredroid supporting elderly at home. In the future, more and more elderly can become lonely and might develop dementia.

 

Are robots becoming more and more human? Are we at the stage where bots are no longer toys to play with, but also tools that we can implement in our care system? During the workshop Living Labs for Healthy Ageing, organised by the Creative Care Lab of Waag, a group of 40 experts in this field explored how a living lab approach and service design can be used to develop product service systems (PSS) around caredroids.

 

The Dash robot is a nice DIY project that can be used at school or at home, that the makers are trying to bring to the market at the moment via crowdfunding. If they succeed, a first 1,000 copies will be produced.

 

A care robot with a name that reads as a number plate: the P37 S65. Of course, this is still a prototype.

 

Are robots something for the future? Susanne Afman doesn't think so. At least, not after the event PhDO 8 which was organised in the Waag on February 8. Here, designers, artists and scientists discussed the role of robots in our society.