Making Robots Human

Photographer Max Aguilera-Hellweg and Siddhartha Srinivasa, Professor at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, talk about the future of robots and how robots are becoming more human. Max Aguilera-Hellweg took the photographs for the article “Making Robots Human,” in the August issue of National Geographic magazine, and Siddhartha Srinivasa is featured in the story. With advances in technology that allow robots to speak, blink, smile and perform such tasks as folding clothes and cooking, questions are being raised as to how human is too human. They explore how much everyday human function we want to outsource to machines, how the robot revolution will change the way we relate to each other, and if we’re ready for robots.

HERB a robot being developed by Carnegie Mellon University in collaboration with Intel Labs Pittsburgh is a prototype service bot that might care for the elderly and disabled in the not too distant fu
HERB a robot being developed by Carnegie Mellon University in collaboration with Intel Labs Pittsburgh is a prototype service bot that might care for the elderly and disabled in the not too distant fu

Long caption: All of these images are included in the August 2011 issue of National Geographic magazine, on newsstands July 26.
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( © Max Aguilera-Hellweg/National Geographic )
At Carnegie Mellon University the robot Actroid-DER took a crash course in becoming more human.
At Carnegie Mellon University the robot Actroid-DER took a crash course in becoming more human.

All of these images are included in the August 2011 issue of National Geographic magazine, on newsstands July 26.
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/08/robots/robots-photography

( © Max Aguilera-Hellweg/National Geographic )
With no human coach at the controls, Virginia Tech's robot soccer team dribbled, passed, and scored its way into the 2010 RoboCup "kid-size" semifinal in Singapore.
With no human coach at the controls, Virginia Tech's robot soccer team dribbled, passed, and scored its way into the 2010 RoboCup "kid-size" semifinal in Singapore.

The tournament founders' goal is a robot team that will defeat the human World Cup champs by 2050.

All of these images are included in the August 2011 issue of National Geographic magazine, on newsstands July 26.
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/08/robots/robots-photography 

( © Max Aguilera-Hellweg/National Geographic )
The August Issue of National Geographic Magazine
The August Issue of National Geographic Magazine

All of these images are included in the August 2011 issue of National Geographic magazine, on newsstands July 26.
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/08/robots/robots-photography

( National Geographic )
Ready to fire bullets and hurl grenades, a Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System, operated by a soldier behind cover, rolls into action in a training setup at Fort Benning , Georgia.
Ready to fire bullets and hurl grenades, a Modular Advanced Armed Robotic System, operated by a soldier behind cover, rolls into action in a training setup at Fort Benning , Georgia.

Future military robots endowed with ethical programs might be able to decide on their own when, and at whom, to shoot.

All of these images are included in the August 2011 issue of National Geographic magazine, on newsstands July 26.
http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/2011/08/robots/robots-photography 

( © Max Aguilera-Hellweg/National Geographic )
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