Ep. 28 - Kathleen Richardson, Ph.D. - Campaign Against Sex Robots

Kathleen Richardson, Ph.D. - February 1, 2017 - Show Notes

Ep. 27 - Julie Carpenter, Ph.D. - Human-Robot Sexuality

Julie Carpenter, Ph.D. Show Notes

• Dr. Carpenter’s website

• Dr. Carpenter’s previous RoboPsych Podcast interview on military use of robots

• Freud’s article, “The Uncanny

• Dr. Kathleen Richardson’s Campaign Against Sex Robots

• Masahiro Mori’s “Uncanny Valley” 

• Dr. Carpenter’s TEDx talk: Humans + Robots: Dream Machines

Ep. 26: Alain Kornhauser, Ph.D. - Self-Driving Vehicle Update

Alain Kornhauser Podcast Show Notes - 01/04/17

Ep. 25 - Josué Cardona - Tech Adoption Pace and Social Robots

Josué Cardona Show Notes - Episode 25

Episode 23: Tim Hornyak: Robots and Japanese Culture

Tim Hornyak Show Notes

Episode 22: Kevin Kelly

Kevin Kelly is an Internet pioneer and author. In this episode of the RoboPsych Podcast we discuss his latest book, The Inevitable and the implications of Artificial Intelligence and robots for the next 20 years.

Kevin Kelly Podcast Show Notes

Episode 21: Brian David Johnson, Futurist

Futurist for Intel Corporation, author, and robot designer, Brian David Johnson joins Tom for a discussion of social robots, including Jimmy, Brian's creation now residing in a box in Tom's basement. 

Brian David Johnson Show Notes

Episode 20: Rana el Kaliouby, Ph.D.

Chief scientist and co-founder of Affectiva, Inc., Dr. Rana el Kaliouby, joins Tom for a discussion of emotion recognition software, its application, and implications. 

Rana El-Kaliouby, Ph.D. Show Notes

Episode 18: Andrea Thomaz, Ph.D.

The University of Texas website describes Andrea Thomaz, Ph.D., thusly:

“Andrea Thomaz is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin.

Prof. Thomaz joined Texas Electrical and Computer Engineering in January 2016 after serving as an Associate Professor of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology from 2007-2016. She earned a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1999, and Sc.M. and Ph.D. degrees from MIT in 2002 and 2006. 

Andrea is published in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and Human-Robot Interaction. Her research aims to computationally model mechanisms of human social learning in order to build social robots and other machines that are intuitive for everyday people to teach.

Prof. Thomaz received an NSF CAREER award in 2010 and an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award in 2008. She was named to Popular Science magazine's Brilliant 10 List in 2012. In 2009, she was named to the MIT Tech Review Top Young Innovators Under 35.“


1. Dr. Thomaz’s UT webpage 
2. Google Scholar webpage
3. TED Talk 
4. Dr. Thomaz’s book, Robot Learning From Human Teachers

Episode 17: Wendy Ju, Ph.D.

The Stanford University website describes Dr. Wendy Ju as follows:

“Wendy Ju is Executive Director of Interaction Design Research at Stanford University's Center for Design Research. She is also Associate Professor in the Graduate Design Program at California College of the Arts. Wendy's research investigates novel human-machine interaction, particularly human-robot interaction and autonomous car interfaces. Since receiving her PhD from Stanford in 2008, Wendy has been innovating curriculum at the intersection of technology, design and the arts. At CDR, Wendy aims to increase awareness and appreciation for the role of Design Research and to make the Bay Area the epicenter for design intellectualism and discourse.”

Dr. Ju's website can be found here.

Episode 16: Aimee van Wynsberghe, Ph.D.

Aimee van Wynsberghe, Ph.D. Show Notes

Dr. Aimee van Wynsberghe is Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Technology in the Department of Philosophy, University of Twente in The Netherlands. She is the author of numerous scholarly articles in the field of healthcare robotics and co-founder, with Noel Sharkey, Ph.D., of the Foundation for Responsible Robotics. Her new book, Healthcare Robots: Ethics, Design and Implementation has just been published by Ashgate. 

Episode 13: Jenny Blake

Jenny Blake is an author, educator and consultant who explores work and careers in the new economic world. She is deeply interested in the impact of robots and AI on work. 

Jenny Blake Podcast Show Notes

Jenny Blake on The Internet:

Articles referenced:

Ep. 12 - Steve Omohundro, Ph.D.

Steve Omohundro RoboPsych Podcast Show Notes

Warning: This episode contains serious spoilers for Humans TV series.

Ep. 11 - Dr. Stefanie Tellex

This week, Tom has a conversation with Dr. Stefanie Tellex about using Minecraft as a training ground for teaching robots to perform simple tasks.

Stefanie Tellex Show Notes

  1. Stephanie Tellex, Ph.D. - Minecraft research and Homepage
  2. Giving robot truck verbal commands - video
  3. DARPA Robotics Challenge
  4. Dean Kamen’s FIRST Program for kids
  5. Dr. Tellex training her cat -  description and videos

Episode 9 - Self Driving Cars - Alain Kornhauser, Ph.D.

Alain Kornhauser Show Notes

Dr. Alain Kornhauser is Professor of Operations Research & Financial Engineering at Princeton University. He is Director of the Transportation Program at Princeton and a long-time observer and expert in the field of self-driving cars. 

  1. Morgantown, W.Va. Personal Rapid Transit System
  2. National Traffic Highway Safety Administration Preliminary Statement of Policy Concerning Automated Vehicles - Includes descriptions of Level 0 through Level 4 automation
  3. La Rochelle, France - Automated vehicle demonstration project