Robots rising

By now, we've pretty much all come to accept the fact that in the war between the robots, humans will not surv...wait...I've just been told not everyone thinks The Terminator is a documentary. Nevermind then. Well, at any rate, one thing we can all agree on is that the field of robotics has taken some seriously amazing leaps forward over the past few decades, and those leaps are getting longer all the time.

For this BkkSci event, we are happy to welcome Dr. Thavida Maneewarn from the Institute of Field Robotics, King Mongkut's University of Technology, Thonburi. If you want to talk advanced robotics, she's definitely the person to listen to. After getting her master's and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Washington, Seattle, she took her post at KMUT where she soon became Deputy Director of Research. Her specialty is humanoid robots and she works to promote knowledge on robotics and automation to Thailand's youth.

It's something they'll need, because the way things are going, robots are going to be even more ubiquitous in the coming years. The number of robotics researchers is growing, and with access to cheaper and cheaper tech, a few kids in a garage can now build something that would have been a military project only a few decades ago. And it's not just robots for welding doors on cars or putting your iPhone together - Dr. Thavida's team has created aerial robots to help with reconnaissance during the floods of 2011, robotic medical devices, and even robots that act as PR agents at museums and fairs.

Dr. Thavida has titled her talk "Robots Rising" and will discuss some of the projects her team is working on, what we can expect to see become commonplace in the coming years, and why we shouldn't be nervous about the rise of the robots. Well...maybe we should be a little bit nervous - tell me you wouldn't flip out if you saw one of these running after you.

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  • Saranit V.

    Lots of Q&A this time so it felt more like a discussion than a lecture, which I enjoyed. The personal stories were inspirational to listen to, and the discussion focused on real world issues. Overall, very nice meetup. :)

    1 · March 3, 2013

  • Dave

    Asimov's Three Laws of Robotics:

    1. A robot may not injure a human being or, through inaction, allow a human being to come to harm.
    2. A robot must obey the orders given to it by human beings, except where such orders would conflict with the First Law.
    3. A robot must protect its own existence as long as such protection does not conflict with the First or Second Laws.

    Yay! Looking forward to seeing everyone in analog again.

    February 26, 2013

    • Anthony R.

      0. A robot may not harm humanity, or, by inaction, allow humanity to come to harm.


      1 · February 27, 2013

    • Greg

      LOL, I hadn't even seen this when I brought it up yesterday. Great minds!

      1 · February 28, 2013

  • kunal

    Fun :)

    February 27, 2013

  • Mathupanee O.

    1 spot left and it's mine! Muahahaha

    1 · February 27, 2013

  • Sascha F.

    totally stuck at work and now in traffic in rangsit. pretty sad! hope you guys enjoy. looking forward to reading a recap later on!

    February 27, 2013

  • Cordelia R.

    So sorry to cancel. I am jinxed with this group. My kid sick again :(

    February 27, 2013

  • Cordelia R.

    So sorry to cancel. I am jinxed with this group. My kid sick again :(

    February 27, 2013

  • Melissa

    So sorry - working late and won't be able to make it. I hope someone on the wait list can take my spot!

    February 27, 2013

  • Claudio C.

    Very bummed I can't make it, as I used to be in the robotics field. Hopefully next time.

    February 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry - something came up and I have to cancel. Have fun!

    February 26, 2013

  • N_D

    Damn, I cant:( Really planed and looked forward to it..

    February 26, 2013

  • Christal

    Sorry, busy on that day.

    February 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Jan. Might bring a High School student with me. our ROV program is going strong

    February 18, 2013

  • Raj P.

    In the email it said 26th come and check the meetup page and its 27th :-/ totally be here if its 26th. Enjoy...

    February 18, 2013

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