ASIMO, an acronym for Advanced Step in Innovative MObility, is a humanoid robot designed and developed by Honda. Introduced on 21 October 2000, ASIMO was designed to be a multi-functional mobile assistant.
ASIMO, an acronym for Advanced Step in Innovative MObility, is a humanoid robot designed and developed by Honda. Introduced on 21 October 2000, ASIMO was designed to be a multi-functional mobile assistant.

StarTalk Live: I, Robot (Part 2)

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For Part 2 of StarTalk Live: I, Robot, host Neil deGrasse Tyson and Stephen Gorevan of Honeybee Robotics bring the focus back to robots here on Earth. You’ll learn about a robot inchworm that crawls through the steam pipes below New York City, welding shut the holes it finds, along with the use of robots at Chernobyl, robotic nursing aides, aerial drones and other killer robots, and hacking a Roomba. Together with comic co-host Eugene Mirman, comedians W. Kamau Bell and Jason Sudeikis, they discuss their favorite movie robots: Maria from Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, HAL from 2001: A Space Odyssey, the Terminator, and R2D2 from Star Wars. Neil recites Isaac Asimov’s “Three Laws of Robotics” and the discussion turns philosophical: what is intelligence, what does the Turing Test show, and what is the nature of free will in both humans and robots. Will we ever reach a day when a human brain or human intelligence can be transferred to a robot to cheat death as a cyborg. Or, as comedian Jason Sudeikis says, “Do you want to be burned, cremated, or uploaded?”

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  • Randy Anderson

    Noticed you guys were throwing around the word “cyborg”, but using it somewhat incorrectly. A cyborg can be any human with non-flesh parts, so actually anyone with a prosthetic arm or leg or artificial heart can be considered to be a primitive form of cyborg.

    • Tom

      Or even just glasses.

    • Tom

      Or even just glasses.

    • Ranga Rajan

      Cyber organism is the full abbreviation of cyborg. I still can accept the prosthetics were cyborg’s primitive form. But what really is android? Is it human in machine form? or is it machine which can think like humans? or is it a machine with consciousness interacting with humans? I am confused..somebody please help

    • Ranga Rajan

      Cyber organism is the full abbreviation of cyborg. I still can accept the prosthetics were cyborg’s primitive form. But what really is android? Is it human in machine form? or is it machine which can think like humans? or is it a machine with consciousness interacting with humans? I am confused..somebody please help

  • Randy Anderson

    One more point: If one uploads one’s consciousness into a robotic body and brain, he or she becomes an android, not a cyborg.

    • Sean

      Dude, haven’t you ever watched Star Trek? Androids aren’t human, they are robots with human appearance.

      • rebellion

        but androids are somewhat alive, mostly mechanical, and still a little bit alive. If they couldn’t function the same their existence would be pointless

        • Warden

          Androids are robots that look human. They can be autonomous, but they are not alive in the normal sense of the word.

        • Warden

          Androids are robots that look human. They can be autonomous, but they are not alive in the normal sense of the word.

  • Petri J

    You were talking if a robot could ever create art.
    If Harold Cohen was able to create a robot in 1987 that can create art, surely that would get more sophisticated in the future. I my self am an artist and I think Mr.Gorevan gives a bit too much credit to how complicated art creation is.
    http://www.kurzweilcyberart.com/aaron/history.html

    • Stephen Gorevan

      Thanks for your insight, really. It was hard to explain in such a short time. You are right generic art creation is not too complicated. I meant great art.

  • K Lee

    Stephan Gorevan was a very very knowledgeable and interesting guest.

    I thought though that the live format of this episode meant that, for the sake of comedy, he was very often interrupted before he was able to fully develop and explain his answers and thoughts.

    That’s fine, and serves the live format well, however I’d really like it if this guest could be brought back to one of the studio episodes and given more freedom to share his expertise in quieter surroundings where he could expound upon the framework begun here, so that the listeners could learn more from him.

    • Théo Trautvetter Carranza

      I totally agree. He barely gets to say anything without being interrupted like every other sentence. On the Q&A, he doesn’t get to really answer the questions.

    • Théo Trautvetter Carranza

      I totally agree. He barely gets to say anything without being interrupted like every other sentence. On the Q&A, he doesn’t get to really answer the questions.

  • Aleph

    How ready are we to face the Artificial Intelligence Rights movement?

  • Borys

    I hate how overcompressed those recordings are. You can hear it sometimes when the clapping starts.

  • Borys

    I hate how overcompressed those recordings are. You can hear it sometimes when the clapping starts.

  • Eduardo

    Good show.
    Once again having 3 comedians is cleary too much, they cant even deliver their jokes without interrupting one another.
    It should be 2 comedians, Neil and the Main guest.

  • Alexander Adkins

    The sad thing is when these guys are talking about “Up loading your mind” is not moving your self awarness/soul/whatever completely out of your flesh and bone body into the hard ware, it is mearly copying it into the hard drive. YOU would remain inside your biological body, but a “copy” of your self would be inside the hard drive taken at the time it was copied.

  • Alexander Adkins

    The sad thing is when these guys are talking about “Up loading your mind” is not moving your self awarness/soul/whatever completely out of your flesh and bone body into the hard ware, it is mearly copying it into the hard drive. YOU would remain inside your biological body, but a “copy” of your self would be inside the hard drive taken at the time it was copied.

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  • Raruku

    A great robot video to watch is Time of Eve イヴの時間 Ivu no Jikan. They follow the three laws of robotics.

  • Raruku

    A great robot video to watch is Time of Eve イヴの時間 Ivu no Jikan. They follow the three laws of robotics.

  • Deep Pilankar

    Amazing two parter show 🙂 so much fun and knowledge, Stephen Gorevan is a genius, Dr Neil deGrasse Tyson my favorite Astro Physicists and Eugene funny as always and to top this Jason and Kamau Bell added nice comic relief, enjoyed this talk show immensely. If possible please upload video

  • Matt Miller

    An anime called Kaiba (A rather twisted and oddly stylized anime) plays with the idea of being able to move the consciousness, or “memories” from a physical body to another. It also plays with removing and adding memories. Worth a watch if the concept is fun to you, but it is rather odd.

  • Danny

    But what about the zeroth law???

  • thunderousapplause

    Love the show but hate the way you guys edit it (cutting out what I assume you believe are wasteful pauses). It really ruins the live flow of it. That’s why I prefer to watch the videos because you don’t edit those in the same way.

    • startalkradio

      Thanks for the feedback. I was at the event, so I know what you mean, but even with editing the pauses, this show ended up being a 3-parter.

      • thunderousapplause

        You’re welcome. Please consider leaving them in as they preserve the natural timing of the way the guests speak and the comedians’ responses. Continued success!

        • Borys

          I hate how overcompressed those recordings are. You can hear it sometimes when the clapping starts.

      • thunderousapplause

        You’re welcome. Please consider leaving them in as they preserve the natural timing of the way the guests speak and the comedians’ responses. Continued success!

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