Rodney is the Panasonic Professor of Robotics at MIT. He is a robotics entrepreneur and founder, chairman and CTO of Rethink Robotics. He is also a founder, former board member, and former CTO of iRobot Corp, known for their Roomba robot. He is also the former director of the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory and then the MIT Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL).
In other words, when it comes to robotics, Rodney is the guy you want to know.
Before we dive in, here’s some more context around robotics:
Robots can operate autonomously, operate in swarms, walk on two legs, swim through the water, and even fly through the air.
Today, robots are used to do human jobs where the work is either dull, dangerous or dirty.
Tomorrow, robots will be commanding those professions where accuracy and patience are key.
Imagine conducting precision surgery or taking care of your elderly parents.
As these machines enter every aspect of our lives, from bedrooms to boardrooms, the societal and cultural implications of the coming robotics revolution will be staggering.