One wonderful thing about "EETimes" is that it brings topics to our attention that we might otherwise have completely missed. Such is the case with this overview of the SPHERES program. I'd not appreciated that this work was being done - and I especially appreciate the reminder of Asimov's "laws of robotics".
It appears as if the last line of my blog was dropped. In order to fully support Asimov's third law, it has to be able to detect a human and know that it is different from another robot. I wonder if they are working on this so that they can start building towards the second law?
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.