CMU Robotics Professor Warns Of Growing Technology

This presents very interesting insight on how we present research, cultivation, and use of technology to those we teach.

CBS Pittsburgh

PITTSBURGH (NewsRadio 1020 KDKA)- Illah Nourbakhsh, Professor of Robotics at The Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University, does not help create the types of robots you will see in Terminator-like movies or even in the military.

Nourbakhsh’s lab at Carnegie Mellon does not accept defense funding. Rather, he explains that his lab creates robots for the good of the people, thanks to local foundations.

“The reason we don’t take defense funding, is we want to build robots and robot technologies that we want people to use,” he said. “We don’t want to spend all our time building a really advanced interesting killing machine that we hope nobody ever has to use.”

Nourbakhsh says he respects those who do work on defense projects that affect our lives positively, especially long-term. But for moral reasons, he does not want to help create something that can kill a human being.

Nourbakhsh recently authored…

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