Robots in our Midst: Video Discussion From the Think Tank Event

Anca Dragan, Assistant Professor, EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley; Sergey Levine, Assistant Professor, EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley

The automated, robotic future we imagined a few years ago is edging ever closer to reality. But how far are we, from having fully functional robots living among us? Ellen Huet moderates a discussion with Anca Dragan and Sergey Levine where they discuss the intersection betweenrobots and machine learning (AI), and how that combination can interact with humans.


  1. Robots treat things differently than people, and when you give AI commands, it’s not clear on the end goal. They need focused and specific objectives.
  2. When it comes to navigating the physical world and social interactions, things that come naturally to humans are very hard for robots.
  3. Unlike humans, a robot’s brain can be copied and the cumulative experiences of any number of robots can be shared.

Robots in our Midst

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