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How to live with robots

As machines grow ever more intelligent, they're emerging not just as powerful tools, but close companions. These talks — while offering some whizzy demos — examine how robots are becoming an intimate part of our lives.

  1. 8:51
    Ali Kashani A friendly, autonomous robot that delivers your food

    Meet the friendly robot that could deliver your next burrito. Ali Kashani introduces us to Postmates' autonomous delivery robot and explains how it could help reduce carbon emissions and free up valuable real estate in cities everywhere. Learn more about how it was specially designed to navigate complex social interactions on busy sidewalks to bring you your food (and more) with joy.

  2. 6:26
    Lucy Farey-Jones A fascinating time capsule of human feelings toward AI

    How comfortable are you with robots taking over your life? Covering a wide range of potential applications — from the mundane (robot house cleaner) to the mischievous (robot sex partner) to the downright macabre (uploading your brain to live on after death) — technology strategist Lucy Farey-Jones shares data-backed evidence of how our willingness to accept AI may be radically changing.

  3. 13:10
    Paul McEuen and Marc Miskin Tiny robots with giant potential

    Take a trip down the microworld as roboticists Paul McEuen and Marc Miskin explain how they design and mass-produce microrobots the size of a single cell, powered by atomically thin legs — and show how these machines could one day be "piloted" to battle crop diseases or study your brain at the level of individual neurons.

  4. 15:20
    Garry Kasparov Don't fear intelligent machines. Work with them

    We must face our fears if we want to get the most out of technology — and we must conquer those fears if we want to get the best out of humanity, says Garry Kasparov. One of the greatest chess players in history, Kasparov lost a memorable match to IBM supercomputer Deep Blue in 1997. Now he shares his vision for a future where intelligent machines help us turn our grandest dreams into reality.

  5. 8:30
    Sougwen Chung Why I draw with robots

    What happens when humans and robots make art together? In this awe-inspiring talk, artist Sougwen Chung shows how she "taught" her artistic style to a machine — and shares the results of their collaboration after making an unexpected discovery: robots make mistakes, too. "Part of the beauty of human and machine systems is their inherent, shared fallibility," she says.

  6. 11:36
    Nadjia Yousif Why you should treat the tech you use at work like a colleague

    Imagine your company hires a new employee and then everyone just ignores them, day in and day out, while they sit alone at their desk getting paid to do nothing. This situation actually happens all the time — when companies invest millions of dollars in new tech tools only to have frustrated employees disregard them, says Nadjia Yousif. In this fun and practical talk, she offers advice on how to better collaborate with the technologies in your workplace — by treating them like colleagues.

  7. 11:51
    Kate Darling Why we have an emotional connection to robots

    We're far from developing robots that feel emotions, but we already have feelings towards them, says robot ethicist Kate Darling, and an instinct like that can have consequences. Learn more about how we're biologically hardwired to project intent and life onto machines — and how it might help us better understand ourselves.

  8. 6:19
    Markus Fischer A robot that flies like a bird

    Plenty of robots can fly — but none can fly like a real bird. That is, until Markus Fischer and his team at Festo built SmartBird, a large, lightweight robot, modeled on a seagull, that flies by flapping its wings. A soaring demo fresh from TEDGlobal 2011.

  9. 9:50
    Matt Beane How do we learn to work with intelligent machines?

    The path to skill around the globe has been the same for thousands of years: train under an expert and take on small, easy tasks before progressing to riskier, harder ones. But right now, we're handling AI in a way that blocks that path — and sacrificing learning in our quest for productivity, says organizational ethnographer Matt Beane. What can be done? Beane shares a vision that flips the current story into one of distributed, machine-enhanced mentorship that takes full advantage of AI's amazing capabilities while enhancing our skills at the same time.

  10. 25:01
    Regina Dugan From mach-20 glider to hummingbird drone

    "What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?" asks Regina Dugan, then director of DARPA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. In this breathtaking talk she describes some of the extraordinary projects — a robotic hummingbird, a prosthetic arm controlled by thought, and, well, the internet — that her agency has created by not worrying that they might fail. (Followed by a Q&A with TED's Chris Anderson)