Ken Goldberg

  • Award-Winning Roboticist
  • William S. Floyd Jr. Distinguished Chair in Engineering, UC Berkeley
  • Co-Founder and Chief Scientist of Ambi Robotics
  • Artist and Inventor

Ken Goldberg is the William S. Floyd Distinguished Chair in Engineering at UC Berkeley and an award-winning roboticist, filmmaker, artist and popular public speaker on AI and robotics. Ken trains the next generation of researchers and entrepreneurs in his research lab at UC Berkeley; he has published over 300 papers, 3 books, and holds 9 US Patents. Ken’s artwork has been featured in 70 art exhibits including the 2000 Whitney Biennial. He is a pioneer in technology and artistic visual expression, bridging the “two cultures” of art and science. With unique skills in communication and creative problem solving, invention, and thinking on the edge, Ken has presented over 600 invited lectures at events around the world.

 

 



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Musk vs. Zuck:  Are AI and Robots a Threat...or an Opportunity?

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has surpassed humans at Jeopardy and Go, and driverless cars are widely believed to be around the corner.  News articles claim we’re on the brink of a "Singularity" where robots will steal 50% of our jobs.  Are AI and Robots an existential threat to humans as Elon Musk w ...

Artificial Intelligence (AI) has surpassed humans at Jeopardy and Go, and driverless cars are widely believed to be around the corner.  News articles claim we’re on the brink of a "Singularity" where robots will steal 50% of our jobs.  Are AI and Robots an existential threat to humans as Elon Musk warns?  Or is Mark Zuckerberg right in stating that humans have many good years ahead?  "Automation Anxiety" has a long history, with widespread pronouncements about the imminent loss of jobs to Automation in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1980s. Drawing on his experience as a robotics and AI research expert, Goldberg explores these issues in three parts: 1) What Isn’t New, 2) What Is New, and 3), How We Can Prepare. Ultimately, Goldberg reveals how new innovations will empower humans, not replace them, revealing the power behind new trends from “multiplicity” to "cloud robotics" and more.

Robots with Their Heads in the Clouds

The next generation of robots will be more social than solitary. Rather than viewing every robot as an isolated system with limited computation and memory, roboticists are now exploring how robots and automation systems can actively exchange information and resources via networks. Building on emerg ...

The next generation of robots will be more social than solitary. Rather than viewing every robot as an isolated system with limited computation and memory, roboticists are now exploring how robots and automation systems can actively exchange information and resources via networks. Building on emerging advances in cloud computing, big data, open-source, and the Internet of Things, this paradigm has potential to significantly increase the capabilities of robots and automation systems.

Cultivating the Uncanny: Art, Fear, and Fascination with Technology

Engineers, animators, and designers apply the concept of the Uncanny Valley to technologies from AI to Robots to Siri. In 1919, a year before the word “robot” was coined, Sigmund Freud published an influential essay tracing the concept of the Uncanny back to the Renaissance. Goldberg ...

Engineers, animators, and designers apply the concept of the Uncanny Valley to technologies from AI to Robots to Siri. In 1919, a year before the word “robot” was coined, Sigmund Freud published an influential essay tracing the concept of the Uncanny back to the Renaissance. Goldberg illustrates this history with art that explores the shifting borders between the digital and the natural, including his Emmy-nominated short doc film that explores our collective fear and fascination with robots, the most human of our machines.

The Future of Brainstorming

To brainstorm at the scale of social media, we can use techniques from an unlikely source: Robotics. Goldberg presents recent results on social innovation and collective brainstorming work with the U.S. State Department, General Motors, and the State of California. ...

To brainstorm at the scale of social media, we can use techniques from an unlikely source: Robotics. Goldberg presents recent results on social innovation and collective brainstorming work with the U.S. State Department, General Motors, and the State of California.

Putting the Turing into ManufacTuring: Recent Developments in Algorithmic Automation

Automation for manufacturing today is where computer technology was in the early 1960's, a patchwork of ad-hoc solutions lacking a rigorous scientific methodology. CAD provides detailed models of part geometry. What's missing is formal models of part behavior and frameworks for the systematic design ...

Automation for manufacturing today is where computer technology was in the early 1960's, a patchwork of ad-hoc solutions lacking a rigorous scientific methodology. CAD provides detailed models of part geometry. What's missing is formal models of part behavior and frameworks for the systematic design of automated systems that can feed, assemble, and inspect parts. "Algorithmic Automation" introduces abstractions that allow the functionality of automation to be designed independent of the underlying implementation and can provide the foundation for formal specification and analysis, algorithmic design, and consistency checking.

AI and Robots in the Roaring 2020's: A Post-Pandemic Surge in Productivity

In the decade after the 1918 Flu Pandemic, the world economy flourished with advances in electricity and transportation. Today, theworld is poised for similar growth based on advances in artificial intelligence and robotics. In the 2020's, a new generation of robotswill assist workers in warehouses, ...

In the decade after the 1918 Flu Pandemic, the world economy flourished with advances in electricity and transportation. Today, the
world is poised for similar growth based on advances in artificial intelligence and robotics. In the 2020's, a new generation of robots
will assist workers in warehouses, factories, agriculture, and healthcare. I’ll use images and video to illustrate recent advances where robots learn to grasp unfamiliar objects, untangle cables, tend polyculture gardens, and manipulate surgical needles. Rather than replacing workers or causing destruction, AI and robots are much more likely to enhance human productivity, collaboration, and creativity in the Roaring 2020's.

The Cutting Edge of Robot Surgery

To improve patient care, a new generation of robots is being developed to actively assist surgeons in the operating room. These robots canautonomously perform tedious subtasks such as suturing and debridement to improve consistency and reduce fatigue, analogous to advances in automotive anti-skid br ...

To improve patient care, a new generation of robots is being developed to actively assist surgeons in the operating room. These robots can
autonomously perform tedious subtasks such as suturing and debridement to improve consistency and reduce fatigue, analogous to advances in automotive anti-skid braking and intelligent lane-keeping systems. New companies and labs are using Recent advances in AI and deep
learning are being applied by researchers and companies worldwide to develop this new generation robots, which also opens the door to
long-distance tele-surgery. I'll present recent advances from our lab including novel hardware and software with applications to cutting,
suturing, palpation, dissection, retraction, debridement and a recent result -- "Superhuman Peg Transfer", where a robot autonomously
performs a standard surgical task with accuracy and speed on par with a surgeon and with significantly more consistency

Future Farming with Robots

Humans have grown food for over 10,000 years. As the climate changesand the global population seeks fresh and healthy nutrition, advancesin robots are being applied in agriculture. This talk will reviewrecent progress including John Deere's use of drones to fine-tunefertilizer delivery and EarthSens ...

Humans have grown food for over 10,000 years. As the climate changes
and the global population seeks fresh and healthy nutrition, advances
in robots are being applied in agriculture. This talk will review
recent progress including John Deere's use of drones to fine-tune
fertilizer delivery and EarthSense mobile robots that roll beneath
leaf canopies to closely monitor plant properties that optimize
breeding. I'll share results from RAPID, a USDA-sponsored project
developing Robot Assisted Precision Irrigation Delivery, and two
projects that incorporate art and research: TeleGarden (1995) where
over 100,000 people remotely collaborated to tend a living garden, and
AlphaGarden (2020), where simulation and measurements from a living
garden are being combined to train a robot to sustain a diverse
polyculture garden. This talk will explore how the the Agricultural
and Industrial Revolutions can be extended by the AI Revolution.

The New Wave in Robot Grasping

Despite 50 years of research, robots remain remarkably clumsy,limiting their applications in home decluttering, warehouse orderfulfillment, and robot-assisted surgery. The First Wave of graspingresearch, still dominant, uses analytic methods based on screw theoryand assumes exact knowledge of pose, ...

Despite 50 years of research, robots remain remarkably clumsy,
limiting their applications in home decluttering, warehouse order
fulfillment, and robot-assisted surgery. The First Wave of grasping
research, still dominant, uses analytic methods based on screw theory
and assumes exact knowledge of pose, shape, and contact mechanics.
The Second Wave is empirical: purely data driven approaches which
learn grasp strategies from many examples using techniques such as
imitation and reinforcement learning with hyperparametric function
approximation (Deep Learning). The New Wave is based on hybrid
methods that combine analytic models to bootstrap Deep Learning
models, where data and code is exchanged via the Cloud using emerging
advances in cloud computing and big data. I'll present our lab's work
on the Dexterity Network (Dex-Net), an emerging New Wave approach that
allows robots to grasp a broad range of novel objects

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Ken Goldberg is the William S. Floyd Distinguished Chair in Engineering at UC Berkeley and an award-winning roboticist, filmmaker, artist and popular public speaker on AI and robotics. Ken trains the next generation of researchers and entrepreneurs in his research lab at UC Berkeley; he has published over 300 papers, 3 books, and holds 9 US Patents. Ken’s artwork has been featured in 70 art exhibits including the 2000 Whitney Biennial. He is a pioneer in technology and artistic visual expression, bridging the “two cultures” of art and science. With unique skills in communication and creative problem solving, invention, and thinking on the edge, Ken has presented over 600 invited lectures at events around the world.