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Sunday, March 15 • 11:00am - 12:00pm
The Rise of the Social Robot

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The early 21st century saw the first wave of companionable social robots. They were small cute pets like AIBO, Pleo, and Paro. As robotics become more sophisticated, thanks largely to the smart phone, a new wave of social robots has started, with humanoids Pepper and Jimmy and the mirror-like Jibo, as well as Geppetto Avatars' software robot, Sophie. A key factor in a robot’s ability to be social is their ability to correctly understand and respond to people’s speech and the underlying context or emotion. Our panelists are all extending the field of social robots in ways we didn’t think possible a few years ago.

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avatar for Andra Keay

Andra Keay

Founder & GM, Robot Launch/Silicon Valley Robotics
Andra Keay is Managing Director of Silicon Valley Robotics, founder of Robot Launchpad and cofounder of Robot Garden, a new robotics hackerspace. Andra is also a core member of Robohub, the global site for news and views on robotics. She obtained her MA in Human-Robot Culture/Cultural... Read More →
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Mark Stephen Meadows

CSO, Geppetto Labs
Author, entrepreneur, artist, and inventor. Nearly two decades' experience with natural language analysis & processing, character design, animation, interactive narrative, and games. Books, public lectures, and patents address Avatars, Robots, Games, Artificial Intelligence and Interactive... Read More →
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Alex Reben

Founder and CEO, Blabdroid
Alexander Reben designs robots and novel interfaces to explore our evolving relationship with technology. He focuses on human-machine relationships, synthetic psychology and artificial philosophy. His artwork and research has been shown and published internationally. His recent interactive... Read More →
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Tiffany Shlain

Filmmaker @ The Moxie Institute / Founder of the Webby Awards, The Moxie Institute

Sunday March 15, 2015 11:00am - 12:00pm CDT
JW Marriott Room 208

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