Will the robots take over? Only if we let them. | Carla DIANA | TEDxBrussels

The robots are here! They are starting to appear in every aspect of daily life, helping us wake up, perform at work, and make dinner, to name just a few activities. With more and more robotic entities serving as social agents, it’s important to consider their roles in our lives and set limits for their use based on human values. In this talk, product designer Carla Diana will share stories of designing everything from washing machines to humanoid robots, offering a glimpse into a future that will require more human empathy than we may think.

Carla Diana is a designer, author and educator who explores the impact of future technologies through hands-on experiments in product design and tangible interaction.

She has designed a range of products from robots to connected home appliances, and her robot designs have appeared on the covers of Popular Science, Technology Review and the New York Times Sunday Review.

She is a faculty member in the Integrated Product Design program at the University of Pennsylvania where she has created some of the country’s first courses on designing smart objects, and an ongoing collaborator with the Socially Intelligent Machines Lab at the University of Texas, Austin.

She writes and lectures frequently on the social impact of robotics and emerging technology and created the world’s first children’s book on 3D printing, LEO the Maker Prince.

Her seminal essay, “Talking, Walking Objects”, is a good representation of her view of our robotic future.

This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx