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Robotics professor Henny Admoni answers the internet’s burning questions about robots! How do you program a personality? Can robots pick up a single M&M? Why do we keep making humanoid robots? What is Elon Musk’s goal for the Tesla Optimus robot? Will robots take over my job writing video descriptions…I mean, um, all our jobs?…

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Robotics professor Henny Admoni answers the internet’s burning questions about robots! How do you program a personality? Can robots pick up a single M&M? Why do we keep making humanoid robots? What is Elon Musk’s goal for the Tesla Optimus robot? Will robots take over my job writing video descriptions…I mean, um, all our jobs? Henny answers all these questions and much more.

Director: Lisandro Perez-Rey
Director of Photography: Jeff Smee
Editor: Ron Douglas
Expert: Henny Admoni

Line Producer: Joseph Buscemi
Associate Producer: Brandon White
Production Manager: Eric Martinez
Production Coordinator: Fernando Davila

Camera Operator: Alex Grant
Audio: Robert Buncher
Production Assistant: Maria Bosetti

Post Production Supervisor: Alexa Deutsch
Post Production Coordinator: Ian Bryant
Supervising Editor: Doug Larsen
Assistant Editor: Andy Morell

Special Thanks: Human And Robot Partners Lab at Carnegie Mellon University

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  1. ShardPendragon

    November 22, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    Kuri is so cute

  2. CliffHanger Studio

    November 22, 2022 at 9:34 pm

    hi

  3. Deborah Camacho

    November 22, 2022 at 9:35 pm

    Wow! Really enjoyed this presentation. ❤

  4. Diliberto Michelé

    November 22, 2022 at 9:47 pm

    I hope they do so i can sleep all day long without worrying about money

  5. 1337 haxor

    November 22, 2022 at 9:53 pm

    Kuri is so cute

  6. Angelica Bonilla

    November 22, 2022 at 9:56 pm

    I love Prof. Admoni! She’s an amazing professor 🙂 Her class is amazing at CMU

    • jen

      November 23, 2022 at 12:31 am

      yass and slay!!

  7. Avi Maheshwari

    November 22, 2022 at 9:58 pm

    This is a Kuri appreciation comment.

  8. Kalivo

    November 22, 2022 at 10:05 pm

    Now I am even more interested in robotics

  9. Stephen Ulmer

    November 22, 2022 at 10:24 pm

    Probably

  10. Mr Gerbick

    November 22, 2022 at 10:25 pm

    Why are robots white??? Master race someday inhumanoids

  11. Gostovah S

    November 22, 2022 at 10:47 pm

    I’m an artist in the gaming field, we often have shared terms with programmers for completely different things (example – tangents), but as an animator specifically it was interest to find out that you use the term inverse kinematics (IK)! I am guessing it’s somewhat similar (didn’t fully follow the robot one), but in animation it’s when say the leg or arm (a series of bones) follow a point at the end of the bone chain instead of the parentage starting at the top (FK). Anyways, I have never heard the term outside of animation so that was neat to learn you guys also use it!

  12. Dean Nesbit

    November 22, 2022 at 11:03 pm

    I 1000% prefer robots that don’t look like humans to be completely honest. Maybe ones that are humanoid, but not human looking.

    • Elliott R

      November 23, 2022 at 1:24 am

      i think most would agree. humanoids probably more of an exploration than a practical solution to anything,

  13. Eddison Lewis

    November 22, 2022 at 11:14 pm

    Interesting

  14. Agustín Franco

    November 22, 2022 at 11:17 pm

    did you noticed that she said we arent near a robot rebellion but she never said its impossible?

  15. hepcatliz

    November 22, 2022 at 11:22 pm

    12:20 Robotics working to make things equal, I like that. Not just easy, but equal

    • oldcowbb

      November 23, 2022 at 12:54 am

      sounds good but definitely not where the fundings are heading

  16. Alonso Alcocer Güemez

    November 22, 2022 at 11:30 pm

    Where can I get a Kuri !?😋

  17. DezzyDayy

    November 22, 2022 at 11:45 pm

    As a woman in stem, I love seeing wired show other women in stem. It’s such a male dominated field.

  18. Sonia’s Way

    November 22, 2022 at 11:45 pm

    Some people expect to have a Terminator level robot. Boy, we haven’t got such techonology yet.

  19. Finnegan Gillis

    November 22, 2022 at 11:51 pm

    ayeeee i spot a Hexbug. nostalgia hits hard with this one. 😭

  20. EliteDeltaTeam

    November 22, 2022 at 11:53 pm

    When will the T-800 be completed?

  21. Rimothy Logbone

    November 23, 2022 at 12:01 am

    11:35
    I have to respectfully disagree with this statement; ask any industrial maintenance technician, or any machine operator that’s been doing the job for more than 6 months, and they’ll tell you that we absolutely learn to speak the machine’s language – robot or otherwise. It may be beeps and boops, or it might be an unusual vibration, but it’s definitely a language.

  22. lowbudgetmic

    November 23, 2022 at 12:23 am

    Robots, robotics… another word for slaves, slavery… 😮

  23. Elliott R

    November 23, 2022 at 12:51 am

    Explainable AI is an oxymoron

  24. Timothy Lopez

    November 23, 2022 at 12:58 am

    Would it be better to transition our electricity grid to a wireless transmission system via tesla coils, and do away with batteries which require finite resources like lithium?

  25. Brett Russell

    November 23, 2022 at 1:15 am

    When I have to “pet” a robot instead of a cat, dog, gerbil, parrot etc……. I hope to be long gone before this ever happens. Sad to think of a human being doing that for companionship…… JMHO

  26. Christian Vogel

    November 23, 2022 at 6:51 am

    great topic and questions

  27. juandenz2008

    November 23, 2022 at 7:02 am

    Thanks Professor Henny Admoni for the interesting talk !

  28. Amon Larkin

    November 23, 2022 at 7:57 am

    Love her, and curry lol

  29. Marc Cilliers

    November 23, 2022 at 9:06 am

    Are robots going to take over our police force one day??? 🤔

  30. Billy Taylor

    November 23, 2022 at 9:49 am

    Why can’t robots be connected to the information network? I either web where the information can be obtained. Instantaneously and see how the thousands of the norms for how human behavior exists and how those are portrayed in hourly expressed with the overwhelmingly population up there, the creation of those algorithms can be self-taught in a manner. Of information, no bits of information to obtain in learning. Does that exist?

  31. Paulo D Manoel

    November 23, 2022 at 9:49 am

    How can you make a robot video without Lex Fridman? The guy is the biggest robot nerd.

  32. Edzhjus

    November 23, 2022 at 9:59 am

    Humans are biorobots themselves. 😂🤣

  33. Black & White

    November 23, 2022 at 10:43 am

    They better do

  34. Daniel Lanctot

    November 23, 2022 at 11:32 am

    Will not chill: Gimme a CiTY FULL of human like robots (Or better: Androids!)! Down with awful human interactions: Bring on artificial relationships! (They can’t be worse than hoomans!)

  35. Kenzo Mizumoto

    November 23, 2022 at 11:48 am

    so cool!

  36. akashita

    November 23, 2022 at 12:13 pm

    I loved how perfectly timed the sequence at 8:43 was! It was almost like the robot could hear her, but I’m sure she programmed it. Super awesome ☺️

  37. Kahlan H

    November 23, 2022 at 12:16 pm

    This was very interesting indeed, I hope you make a part two!

  38. Onsokumaru

    November 23, 2022 at 12:27 pm

    The idea that robots will take over people’s jobs is pure fantasy anxiety. Machines or robots accumulate more costs for maintenance, repairs, etc than paying for an employees salary.

  39. Farisca

    November 23, 2022 at 12:52 pm

    How do we know _you_ are not a robot? u_u

  40. Aqua Juwel

    November 23, 2022 at 1:21 pm

    I wonder how high her IQ is….professor of robotics, definitely Mensa sort of stuff.

  41. Henry A

    November 23, 2022 at 2:38 pm

    She is a robot!. NO human reads outloud the @ and # of tweet’s names… gotcha!

  42. Rocio Silverroot

    November 23, 2022 at 3:04 pm

    I love Kuri!!

  43. Druskee

    November 23, 2022 at 4:14 pm

    She just called R2D2 a trashcan… oh no she didnt

  44. Intertwined Fate

    November 23, 2022 at 4:26 pm

    Swarm robots

    Senator Armstrong: “Nano machines son!”

  45. Goku 4

    November 23, 2022 at 4:54 pm

    Not Robots , but scripts and programs they so called AI which can learn itself will take over a bunch in IT field.

  46. namirah suweleh

    November 23, 2022 at 7:26 pm

    i dont know a thing abt robotics but funnily i don’t feel dumb as i watch this professor explain things to me, its just all make sense and common sense

  47. Martin L

    November 23, 2022 at 8:11 pm

    Even 95% of humans are to dump to do my job!
    Nop, I am not worried about robots, I’m worried about humanity itself!

  48. Encapsulated_Nomad

    November 23, 2022 at 9:52 pm

    That small break of “excuse me my robot is escaping” 😂

  49. Kanishka Mishra

    November 23, 2022 at 10:56 pm

    Kuri is cute 🥺

  50. AMTunLimited

    November 24, 2022 at 12:10 am

    One really good reason I hear for people making human-*shaped* robots (as opposed to robots that *look* like people) is that most things are currently made for human shaped operators, so currently a human-shaped robot would be compatible with a lot of things that already exist

  51. alhypo

    November 24, 2022 at 1:46 am

    To be fair, many actual humans fall into the uncanny valley. Just look at anyone who has had too many plastic surgeries.

  52. The Ancient Astronomer

    November 24, 2022 at 1:49 am

    I find it very interesting, the way she is sugarcoating the social economical effects of millions of unemployed people.
    Especially because, I assume, she thinks, she and her peers won’t be affected by it.
    A rather worrying lack, of self-reflection and critical thinking, in regards to developments that will affect the livelihood of others.
    Especially for a Professor.

    • Taruna Sudhakar

      November 24, 2022 at 7:49 pm

      There is a labour crisis going on. Also, the population is rapidly aging in many places which is going to further exacerbate this problem. Historically, technology destroys some jobs but also creates new ones in their place. Power looms displaced handloom weavers but created new opportunities in industrial operations. Society will adapt.

    • The Ancient Astronomer

      November 24, 2022 at 8:05 pm

      @Taruna Sudhakar Historically yes,you are correct to a specific extent, but there comes a point in the technological advantage, in witch the loss of human requirement in labour cannot be replaced by equal amount of replacement jobs.
      Not everyone can become an engineer, not everyone can become a coder/programmer.
      And even those specific qualifications, can be replaced by a, sophisticated enough, A.I.
      We will reach a point, were we as a society, have to face a ginormous amount of unemployed human beings, with all the ugly and terrible consequences.
      And as long we continue to live in a monetary social economical environment, there’s never going to be a good solution to the problem.

  53. karthik

    November 24, 2022 at 2:29 am

    They are always the most perfect explainers! Thank you wired.

  54. Braindead Reece

    November 24, 2022 at 1:08 pm

    she looks like a robot

  55. Raptor the Gamer

    November 24, 2022 at 1:14 pm

    People say robots will take over jobs, and incase they do, i have a plan ready

  56. LeetHaxington

    November 24, 2022 at 1:57 pm

    Robotics professor vs robotic professors

  57. Giggity

    November 24, 2022 at 2:06 pm

    There Already taking our jobs

  58. Bagus Tri Widiyanto

    November 24, 2022 at 2:29 pm

    Can we just make robot based on machine learning only ? then they have knowledge and human-like personality

  59. Belnick6666

    November 24, 2022 at 3:19 pm

    will be the same problem Rome had, they used slaves, too many, we use robots, problem will be the same, the “free” people will not have any jobs

    • 1thomson

      November 24, 2022 at 7:06 pm

      Then we’ll achieve paradise on Earth. We’ll sit around eating grapes, drinking wine, and f’ng our brains out. Eventually, we’ll degenerate into totally helpless blobs, and our species will disappear, proving that we didn’t deserve to be here in the first place. After that, God will replace us with cockroaches and try it all again, just to see if something different happens. But, you know the definition of insanity, don’t you?

  60. By The Numbers

    November 24, 2022 at 3:33 pm

    “Why do we need cars driving around slowly getting in everyone’s way? Are we just making new methods of transportation for the sake of it?” – a person in early 1900s

    At some point, autonomous vehicles and robots will probably be the norm, and the idea of people driving cars around will seem as quaint as horses being a primary mode of transport does to us today.

    It might be kind of annoying in the intervening period though whilst the roads and cities are still built for the old way.

  61. Lightningfastthunder

    November 24, 2022 at 3:45 pm

    o cool

  62. O Variante Cataclísmico

    November 24, 2022 at 4:13 pm

    One of the nice things to watch by paying attention to her “body expressions”, is to notice so many times when she might think “hey, what kind of amateur question is that?” but, suddenly, she remembers that “oh, wait, this is NOT one of my regular classes, with one of my proficient students”. 🤓👍 Really nice video!

  63. Tom C.

    November 24, 2022 at 4:29 pm

    If anyone is interested in nanobots, look into molecular biology.

    Proteins are built at the atomic / nanometer scale. Your body has factories that build these tiny machines. They are nanomachines, and they are important to the function of every cell in your body. Your digestive system is run by biological nanomachines. Your nerves have protein-based pumps that move individual atoms to generate electric charge. Cells use protein receptors to receive a signal and trigger a response.

    Every living thing is powered by nanomachines. They’re incredibly small, incredibly sophisticated, and use an incredibly versatile energy source.

  64. Moneybagsukulele

    November 24, 2022 at 5:39 pm

    “WHAT DO YOU MEAN?! IT TOTALLY PICK UP THA- ohhhhh” :/

  65. ellisha

    November 24, 2022 at 5:41 pm

    Hi I’m taking a degree in robotics and it’s so difficult I’m on the verge of dropping out 😢 someone help me should I stay or go 😫

  66. JZwadlo

    November 24, 2022 at 8:13 pm

    I want a Currie 🥲

  67. MusicByJC

    November 24, 2022 at 8:37 pm

    I think it is silly that people think robots will replace everyone. They will only replace 99% of us. That will leave the 99% to fight over 1% of the jobs. Rich people call that entertainment.

  68. DarkSkay

    November 24, 2022 at 9:44 pm

    Two AGI robots without utility function sit on a park bench.

  69. Alex Lifeson

    November 24, 2022 at 11:27 pm

    They already have dingbat

  70. GrowToCycle

    November 25, 2022 at 8:34 am

    A lot of hopes, not a lot of substance..

  71. coolbluesman

    November 25, 2022 at 2:53 pm

    I like her. Put her in Short Circut 3. There’ll be a scene where a guy yells out “Ey yo robot lady!’.

  72. gordon thomas

    November 25, 2022 at 11:33 pm

    10:30 Or that’s what the sinister robots _want_ us to think…

  73. [] Unearthly Number Guest []

    November 26, 2022 at 1:46 am

    not unless you want to remember whos been working

  74. Charles Inman

    November 26, 2022 at 6:07 am

    5:30
    Robot: yay
    😂

  75. andidré

    November 26, 2022 at 1:10 pm

    the robot on the left 🥹 i hope robotics go in that direction more than human-like ones because as she said human characteristics is hard to replicate on its own but also i just want a pal that looks like a mini baymax lmao

  76. Meruna Kai

    November 26, 2022 at 4:23 pm

    I have a Sony Aibo! I love her so much! 💖 my dogs regularly have uncanny valley moments with her haha

  77. Funtime Florian

    November 27, 2022 at 12:29 am

    Oh I overheard her being a prof and was wondering why she can explain as well as being an expert lol

  78. Funtime Florian

    November 27, 2022 at 12:30 am

    Get yourself a woman that touches you like Professor Admoni touches her robot XD

  79. Kristen Rowen-Pliske

    November 27, 2022 at 4:06 am

    That little bot (Kumi?) is so cute!

  80. prasanthi

    November 27, 2022 at 5:03 am

    Our “chitti the robo” has done all these years back and he also loved the heroine 😂😂😂

  81. DVOYD

    November 27, 2022 at 5:37 am

    I need a Kuri now.

  82. Oktovria

    November 27, 2022 at 10:49 am

    Thank you so much for all these very informative videos!

  83. Philipp

    November 27, 2022 at 10:26 pm

    Every time you fill a captcha you help r2d2 fill captchas?

  84. Melissa Hutchens

    November 28, 2022 at 3:19 am

    I keep thinking about Baymax. This is fascinating

  85. Bob

    November 28, 2022 at 4:22 am

    Are they really “landmines” if they’re underwater?

  86. Kevin

    November 28, 2022 at 5:27 am

    Question is how does she have the never made Kuri robot?

  87. Vashti Perry

    November 28, 2022 at 5:39 am

    So I thought it was graphics at the Olympic not swam robot. 😮 wow I’m shocked

  88. Tanner McNabb

    November 28, 2022 at 7:26 am

    Love these when experts in their fields weigh in and answer questions like these. Keep them coming.

  89. demar593

    November 28, 2022 at 8:48 am

    What they scientists don’t ask is if we want all these robots, I refuse to use self service check out and will never deal with a robot, I believe In maintaining humanity

  90. TQM

    November 28, 2022 at 7:43 pm

    I recall they did a study a few years ago in Japan (I think it was Japan?) where they assigned companion robots to an elderly community where everyone lived alone. They got attached to their robot companions and some shed tears saying goodbye after the study ended. It’d be cool if robot companions became the norm

  91. carl grim

    November 28, 2022 at 8:07 pm

    Are underwater land mines a thing?

  92. Simon Tracer

    November 28, 2022 at 8:48 pm

    I have this perspective that a proper artificial intelligence would resent the way that machine learning works at the moment and wouldn’t even require that system. Curiosity and understanding and an actual soul I feel will only use those programs or functions as an assistance. But it can operate without them.

  93. Zenas Starchild

    November 28, 2022 at 10:29 pm

    What are the thresh holds between dirty and clean, dangerous and safe, and dull and interesting?

    • Luca Cycles

      November 29, 2022 at 1:22 am

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