RoboPsych Podcast (general)

Ep 75 - Robots in Arizona - Victims, Villains, and Heroes

Show Notes

This week, Carla and Tom discuss the implications of recent aggressive incidents against self-driving vehicles in Arizona.

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Ep. 74 - Dan Faggella on AI in Industry Today and Tomorrow

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This week, Carla and Tom speak with Dan Faggella, CEO of Tech Emergence and host of the AI in Industry Podcast. We talk about the current applications of AI in companies, the military, and government, and about the future benefits, challenges, and concerns that AI raises.

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Ep 73 - Don Coolidge CEO of Elemental Path on Smart Toys

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This week, Carla and Tom speak with Don Coolidge, CEO of Elemental Path, a company that makes smart toys for kids. We discuss the process for making smart toys, how Don’s company thinks about the challenges of producing things for kids, and the future of voice interactive devices.

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This week, Carla and Tom talk about just how realistic our expectations of intelligent robots really are. We use Rodney Brooks’ essays on the subject to investigate.

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This week, Carla and Tom speak with Drs. Andrea Thomaz, Vivian Chu, and Agata Rozga, the Executive Team of Diligent Robotics. Diligent Robotics recently launched Moxi, a robot designed to remove many of the tasks that healthcare workers need to do that take them away from actual patient care. And, Carla was the Design Lead on the Moxi project! 


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Ep. 70 - Dr. Dan Formosa on Designing with Gender in Mind

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In this episode, Carla and Tom speak with our friend and colleague Dr. Dan Formosa about considering gender differences when designing products and services. We hope you enjoy the show and invite your thoughts and comments at or on Twitter @RoboPsychCom.

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Ep. 69 - Turtle Rover robot with founder Szymon Dzwonczyk

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This week, Carla Diana and Tom Guarriello talk about the Turtle Rover robot, it’s origins and uses with company founder Szymon Dzwonczyk. Turtle Rover is an open source hardware platform that gives makers a platform for creating robots to suit their specific needs.

Please send us your thoughts and comments or contact us on Twitter @RoboPsychCom.

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Ep. 68 - Women in AI and Robotics

This week, Carla Diana and Tom Guarriello talk about the opportunities for women in the AI/robotics field. Please send us your thoughts on this topic to or contact us on Twitter @RoboPsychCom.


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Ep. 67 - Byron Reese, Author of The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity

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This week, Carla and Tom have a lively conversation with Byron Reese, Publisher of GigaOm and author of the must read, The Fourth Age: Smart Robots, Conscious Computers, and the Future of Humanity.

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Ep. 66 - Brian Roemmele on the “voice first” revolution

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This week, Carla and Tom speak with voice interaction pioneer Brian Roemmele about the implications of interacting with intelligent objects with our voices.

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Ep. 65 - Robots and Deception with Dr. Julie Carpenter

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This week, Carla and Tom talk with former RoboPsych Podcast co-host Dr. Julie Carpenter about how AI and robots can deceive people, and how designers can prevent deception.

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Ep. 64 - Designing Places For People Living With Robots

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This week, Carla and Tom talk about the challenges of designing spaces for humans living and working with robots.

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Ep. 63 - Dr. Peter Asaro on Robots, Ethics, and the Campaign To Stop Killer Robots

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This week, Carla Diana and Tom Guarriello speak with Dr. Peter Asaro, Associate Professor of Media Studies at the New School in New York City. Dr. Asaro’s research currently focuses on the social, cultural, political, legal and ethical dimension of robotics and artificial intelligence.

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Ep. 62 - Google Duplex

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This week, Carla and Tom discuss the Google Duplex Assistant demo at Google I/O.

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Dr. Wendy Ju returns to the RoboPsych Podcast to discuss autonomous objects and their social ecosystems.

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Ep. 61 - Dr. Wendy Ju on Autonomous Ecosystems

Dr. Wendy Ju returns to the RoboPsych Podcast to speak with Carla Diana and Tom about designing social objects and their ecosystems.

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Ep. 60 - John Sullins, Ph.D. On Robot Ethics

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Today, Carla and Tom have a conversation about issues in robot ethics with Sonoma State University philosophy professor John P. Sullins, Ph.D.

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Ep. 59 - Teaching Kids To Play Nice With Robots

This week, Carla Diana (Twitter: @carladiana_) and Tom Guarriello (Twitter: @tomguarriello), talk about teaching children to play with robots non-aggressively.

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Ep. 58 - Cameras, Cameras Everywhere

This week, Carla Diana and I talk about the design and psychological implications of image capturing devices everywhere.

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Ep. 57 - Superhero Tales and Robotics with Barry Fitzgerald, Ph.D.

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Barry Fitzgerald has a Ph.D. in physics. He and Tom discuss the relevance of superhero stories for robotics from the Foundation For Responsible Robotics Workshop in Leiden, Netherlands. 


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Ep. 56: Reskilling To Collaborate With Robots

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This week, Carla Diana and Tom Guarriello talk about the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and personal characteristics that will make humans superior collaborators with robots. This is what Tom calls, “RoboPsych.”

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Ep. 55: Carla Diana’s Beyond Tellerand Presentation

This week Carla takes listeners through her design and robotics presentation: Robotics in Our Everyday Lives: A Product Designer’s Perspective, given at the Beyond Tellerrand conference in Munich, Germany, January 15 - 17, 2018.

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Ep. 55: Carla Diana’s Beyond Tellerrand Presentation

This week Carla takes listeners through her design and robotics presentation: Robotics in Our Everyday Lives: A Product Designer’s Perspective, given at the Beyond Tellerrand conference in Munich, Germany, January 15 - 17, 2018.

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Ep. 54 - Rodney Brooks Makes Accountable Predictions, with Carla Diana

This week Carla Diana joins Tom Guarriello as the new co-host of the RoboPsych Podcast.

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Ep. 53 - Dr. Cory Kidd on Robots in Healthcare

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Ep. 52 - Dr. David Gunkel on Robot Ethics

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Ep. 51 - China’s New Citizen Score System

This week, Julie Carpenter and Tom Guarriello discuss the current pilot of the China Citizen Score system, slated for mandatory roll out to all 1.3 billion Chinese in 2020.

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Ep. 50 - Dr. Kate Devlin - Sex, Robots, and AI


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Ep. 49 - Richard Yonck on Emotional AI

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Ep. 48 - Robophobia

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Ep. 47 - Dr. Steve Omohundro on AI, Robots, and Empathy

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Ep. 46 - John Danaher on Artificial Offspring and our Collective Afterlife

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Ep. 45 - Chatbots for Mental Health Services

Tom and Dr. Julie Carpenter discuss the use of chatbot programs in mental health service delivery.

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Ep. 42 - Disney Robots

Tom and Dr. Julie Carpenter talk about the latest news of Disney filing a patent for a kind of soft robot for their theme parks.

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Show Notes: Aimee van Wynsberghe

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Humans, Season 2 Episode 3

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Humans - AMC Website

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Kathleen Richardson, Ph.D. - February 1, 2017 - Show Notes

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Julie Carpenter, Ph.D. Show Notes

• Dr. Carpenter’s website

• Dr. Carpenter’s previous RoboPsych Podcast interview on military use of robots

• Freud’s article, “The Uncanny

• Dr. Kathleen Richardson’s Campaign Against Sex Robots

• Masahiro Mori’s “Uncanny Valley” 

• Dr. Carpenter’s TEDx talk: Humans + Robots: Dream Machines

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Alain Kornhauser Podcast Show Notes - 01/04/17

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Josué Cardona Show Notes - Episode 25

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Jenny Blake Show Notes - September 7, 2016

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Tim Hornyak Show Notes

A conversation with author Tim Hornyak about the impact of Japanese culture on that nation's approach and relationships with robots. 

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My guest this week is Kevin Kelly, author and Internet pioneer. We discuss his latest book, The Inevitable, and the implications of Artificial Intelligence.

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Brian David Johnson Show Notes

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Rana El-Kaliouby, Ph.D. Show Notes


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World renowned artist and thinker Tim Holmes join Tom for a lively discussion of artificial intelligence, robots and the "erotic crisis."

Tim Holmes Show Notes

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The University of Texas website describes Andrea Thomaz, Ph.D., thusly:


From the University of Texas website:

“Andrea Thomaz is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin.

Prof. Thomaz joined Texas Electrical and Computer Engineering in January 2016 after serving as an Associate Professor of Interactive Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology from 2007-2016. She earned a B.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin in 1999, and Sc.M. and Ph.D. degrees from MIT in 2002 and 2006. 

Andrea is published in the areas of Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, and Human-Robot Interaction. Her research aims to computationally model mechanisms of human social learning in order to build social robots and other machines that are intuitive for everyday people to teach.

Prof. Thomaz received an NSF CAREER award in 2010 and an Office of Naval Research Young Investigator Award in 2008. She was named to Popular Science magazine's Brilliant 10 List in 2012. In 2009, she was named to the MIT Tech Review Top Young Innovators Under 35.“


1. Dr. Thomaz’s UT webpage 
2. Google Scholar webpage
3. TED Talk
4. Dr. Thomaz’s book, Robot Learning From Human Teachers

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Show Notes - Wendy Ju, Ph.D.

Wendy Ju's Website

The Stanford University website describes Dr. Wendy Ju this way:

“Wendy Ju is Executive Director of Interaction Design Research at Stanford University's Center for Design Research. She is also Associate Professor in the Graduate Design Program at California College of the Arts. Wendy's research investigates novel human-machine interaction, particularly human-robot interaction and autonomous car interfaces. Since receiving her PhD from Stanford in 2008, Wendy has been innovating curriculum at the intersection of technology, design and the arts. At CDR, Wendy aims to increase awareness and appreciation for the role of Design Research and to make the Bay Area the epicenter for design intellectualism and discourse.”


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Aimee van Wynsberghe, Ph.D. Show Notes


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Ben Brown Show Notes

This week I speak with Ben Brown of Howdy.AI, a Slack chatbot digital assistant. 

Tom Guarriello, Ph.D.

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John Havens Autonomous Vehicle Podcast Show Notes: 

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Jenny Blake is an author, educator, consultant and former Googler who has written and spoken extensively about work and careers in the new economic world. She is deeply interested in how robots and AI will impact the work world. 

Jenny Blake Podcast Show Notes

Jenny Blake on The Internet:

Articles referenced:

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Steve Omohundro RoboPsych Podcast Show Notes

This episode include spoilers for AMC's Humans.


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Show Notes:

  1. Stephanie Tellex, Ph.D. - Homepage

  2. Giving robot trucks verbal commands - video

  3. DARPA Robotics Challenge

  4. Dean Kamen’s FIRST Program for kids

  5. Dr. Tellex training her cat - description and videos 

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  1. Complete survey and results.
  2. Pictures: Robot 1 and Robot 2
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Alain Kornhauser Show Notes

Dr. Alain Kornhauser is Professor of Operations Research & Financial Engineering at Princeton University. He is Director of the Transportation Program at Princeton and a long-time observer and expert in the field of self-driving cars. 

  1. Morgantown, W.Va. Personal Rapid Transit System
  2. National Traffic Highway Safety Administration Preliminary Statement of Policy Concerning Automated Vehicles - Includes descriptions of Level 0 through Level 4 automation
  3. La Rochelle, France - Automated vehicle demonstration project
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Kate Darling Show Notes

  1. “Who’s Johnny?” research paper, PDF on robots, framing and empathy
  2. Heider & Simmel 1944, a study of interpersonal perception and attribution of human characteristics to objects
  3. Peter Singer, The Most Good You Can Do, on living ethically
  4. Personal Data New York City Meetup, June 4 - In-Home Robots and Personal Data
  5. Lily Camera Drone
  6. Boston Dynamics “Spot” testing video and CNN story entitled, Is it cruel to kick a robot dog?
  7. The Hexbug Nano robot used in Kate Darling’s “Who’s Johnny?” research
  8. Aldebaran’s Pepper robot
  9. Jibo, a social robot
  10. Why Google’s Robot Personality Patent Is Not Good for Robotics, by Kate Darling
  11. Project VRM (Vendor Relationship Management) - at Harvard’s Berkman Center
  12. We Robot Conference - especially papers by Kate Darling, Peter Asaro and Jason Millar
  13. Moral Machines: Teaching Robots Right From Wrong - by Wendell Wallach
  14. Kate Darling’s Twitter Page


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An interview with author and speaker John C. Havens.

Show notes:

Robots, artificial intelligence, human-robot interaction, psychology

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  1. Julie Carpenter's Home Page
  2. The TALON Explosive Ordnance Disposal device
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This week, Tom interviews Kathleen Richardson, Ph.D., author of An Anthropology of AI and Robotics: Annihilation Anxiety and Machines.



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Show Notes:

  1. Here's Carla Diana's website
  2. Carla's bio
  3. Simon the robot
  4. Simon's cousin, Curi the robot
  5. Baxter, trainable robot
  6. Sawyer, Baxter's younger brother
  7. Kismet, Wikipedia page
  8. Dopey, from Snow White
  9. Leo The Maker Prince, at
  10. Leo objects on Thingiverse 
  11. Shapeways, 3D printing website
  12. Cooper Hewitt Museum Beautiful Users exhibition
  13. Neato Botvac website
  14. Talking, Walking Objects article by Carla in NYTimes
  15. Smart Design website
  16. University of Pennsylvania Course - Design of Contemporary Products: Smart Objects
  17. Radiolab episode - Talking to Machines
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Episode 2 Show Notes: 

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Every era makes new psychological demands on the people living in them. In our time, robots are about to present us with a new set of challenges. We've imagined living with man-made creatures since Plato's time but we've never been as close to having those fantasies come to life as we are today.

A major question facing us all: how will I use these new tools effectively and achieve objectives I never could have achieved without them?

Answer: each of us must learn and practice the cognitive, emotional and behavioral RoboPsych competencies that enable successful utilization of these amazing new technologies. 

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Episode 0 - Introduction

The RoboPsych Podcast is a new show dedicated to exploring the psychology of human-robot interaction. Subscribe on iTunes or your favorite podcatcher and stop by for more information. 

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