I see robotic technology getting rid of the dangerous, the dirty, and the just plain boring jobs. Some people say, 'You can't. People won't have anything to do.' But we found things that were a lot easier than backbreaking labor in the sun and the fields. Let people rise to better things.
Hands-on experience is the best way to learn about all the interdisciplinary aspects of robotics.
If we are machines, then in principle at least, we should be able to build machines out of other stuff, which are just as alive as we are.
One of the great things about the Roomba robot vacuum cleaner, which my company iRobot designed, is that it's too cheap not to be autonomous.
We have to accept that we are just machines. That's certainly what modern molecular biology says about us.
In the future, I'm sure there will be a lot more robots in every aspect of life. If you told people in 1985 that in 25 years they would have computers in their kitchen, it would have made no sense to them.
If you make your robot look exactly like Albert Einstein, then the robot better be as smart as Einstein, or its user is going to feel cheated.
If you want a machine to be able to interact with people, it better not do things that are surprising to people.
Two big questions that people ask me are: if we make these robots more and more human-like, will we accept them - will they need rights eventually? And the other question people ask me is, will they want to take over?
Every technology, every science that tells us more about ourselves, is scary at the time.
I moved to MIT from Stanford in 1984 to teach, and became the founding director of MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab.
I won some genetic lottery. I always happened to be strangely good at mathematics in my head. I just popped out weird.
People don't say, 'I just had a kid and I hope it turns out to be a factory worker.'
Robotics is very interdisciplinary, and so, except at a very few colleges, there is not a major that is exactly fitted to robotics.
The benefits of having robots could vastly outweigh the problems.
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