Hugh Durrant-Whyte addresses what a robot is and what a robot isn’t. A robot is not just a mechanical automaton. A robot perceives and a robot acts. Hugh leaves open the question of whether the robots will get us all in the end.
Until 2011, Hugh Durrant-Whyte built big robots for cargo handling, mining, defence, unmanned flight vehicles and autonomous sub-sea vehicles. He now runs National ICT Australia (NICTA), Australia’s Information and Communications Technology Research Centre of Excellence.