Florida's Robots

Florida's Robots

We've come a long way from the mechanical robots of 1950s and 1960s science fiction stories. Robots today are science fact -- and some of the leading research in robotics is taking place right here in the Tampa Bay area. This week we explore where the science is heading, and look ahead to the ethics of how we might interact with robots in the future.

Human acting robots?QRIO (originally named Sony Dream Robot or SDR) was a bipedal humanoid entertainment robot which stood approximately 2 feet tall and weighed 16 pounds. QRIO's slogan was "Makes life fun, makes you happy!" On January 26, 2006, Sony announced that it would stop development of QRIO.

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Carson Cooper

Carson Cooper is a familiar voice. He has become a favorite of WUSF listeners as the local host of NPR's "Morning Edition" on WUSF 89.7 since he took the job in 2000. Carson has worked in Tampa Bay radio for more than two decades. He has been the host of WUSF 89.7's Florida Matters since its launch in 2006. During that time he has reported on a variety of issues of importance to the community, including growth management, education, transportation, affordable housing, taxation, public health and the environment.

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