We’ve made no secret of our fondness for TED talks. [TED stands for technology, entertainment and design.] You can easily find talks on virtually every topic thanks to YouTube. In the past, we’ve shared engineering and manufacturing talks but since we know many of our blog readers are engaged in robotics, making parts for robots and using robots in manufacturing, we thought you might enjoy a compilation of TED talks on robots — primarily the intersection of robots and manufacturing, and the effect robots are having on today's workforce, and the workforce of the future.
We’ll start with this talk from Anthony Goldbloom, the co-founder and CEO of Kaggle. Goldbloom is called a machine learning expert. In his talk, he talks about how machine learning has advanced from simple tasks to much more complex ones. And he asks: Will a robot do your job in the future?
[Bonus: this video is under 6 minutes!]
Next up, we’ve got a talk by Kevin Kelly. He’s the author of The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future; the co-founder of WIRED magazine; and a digital visionary. In his talk, Kelly discusses three trends in artificial intelligence that we need to understand if we wish to steer its development toward a second industrial revolution. He says, “The most popular AI product 20 years from now that everyone uses has not been invented yet. That means that you're not late.”
Grady Booch is the chief scientist for Software Engineering as well as chief scientist for Watson/M at IBM Research. Booch tries to soothe concerns (fears?) about superintelligent computers and AI by looking at how we can program them to share our values.
Finally, we have David Autor, a guy with serious economist chops. From his bio: a leading labor economist, and a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, Autor is Ford Professor of Economics and associate department head of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Department of Economics. He is also Faculty Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research, Research Affiliate of the Abdul Jameel Latin Poverty Action Lab, Co-director of the MIT School Effectiveness and Inequality Initiative, Director of the NBER Disability Research Center and former editor in chief of the Journal of Economic Perspectives. He is an elected officer of the American Economic Association and the Society of Labor Economists and a fellow of the Econometric Society.
In this talk about the future of work, Autor addresses the question of why there are still so many jobs and offers a surprising, hopeful answer.
In the course of looking for talks, we also found this video of Julia Shah, a researcher at MIT and Stefan Bartscher, the head of Innovation Management Technical Planning for BMW Group. They’re discussing the actual integration of robots into the BMW workforce. Although it’s from 2013, their conversation highlights some of the concerns people have about working side by side with robots.
If you liked the TED Talks, you might enjoy listening to this episode of the TED Radio Hour hosted by Guy Raz (also the host of the podcast, How I Built This). It's provocatively titled "Do We Need Humans?" Give a listen by clicking here.
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