Henry Evans and his wife Jane live high up in the Los Altos foothills. To get there you have to drive up twisting roads with steep switchback turns. On a Thursday morning 12 years ago Henry drove up these same roads after dropping his children off at school.
Henry Evans and his wife Jane live high up in the Los Altos foothills. To get there you have to drive up twisting roads Robotics and humanity steep switchback turns.
On a Thursday morning 12 years ago Henry drove up these same roads after dropping his children off at school. That stroke left him trapped, unable to lift a finger at first, or say a word. But now, with help from technology, Henry feels free. On the day I visit, Henry meets me in the driveway using a robot called the Beam.
The Beam is basically a big computer monitor with a webcam attached to a small base by two poles. Henry controls the Beam from a computer in his bedroom.
He has an eye tracker on his glasses that acts as a cursor, and he has just enough movement in one of his hands to click a mouse.
Jane opens the door for us, and shoos their dog Amber away. She leads us down a narrow hallway, past family photos and a shelf of homemade wine. The Beam rolls behind us until we reach their bedroom.
In the evening they return me to bed and hook up my computer until I go to sleep. A new form of communication Henry and his family had to find a new way to communicate, and this is one of them. I would go through each letter slowly, and then write down the letter that he blinked at.
Still, they talked about everything. When Henry gained more movement in his eyes and head, they began to use a letter board - a clear plastic square with letters grouped together in threes and fours.
This is still the primary way that Henry and Jane communicate in person. She can just picture the letters, floating in mid air. Watching them work together is amazing.
Henry uses his text-to-voice machine to talk to friends. He types dozens of emails and Facebook posts daily with his head tracker.
Henry also has a pretty good sense of humor. Sometimes he chases his dog Amber around the house with the Beam. One night he and his nephew stayed up until 2 a. Whether he is brainstorming something fun or something that he really needs, Henry has a specific way of innovating.
I then send out multiple emails bouncing my ideas off of people, mostly strangers. Robots as body surrogates He works on his ideas - called Robots for Humanity - with friends, family, professors and scientists around the country. During that time the Georgia Tech researchers will test how it can work with caregivers and help people with disabilities.humanity This is a collaborative project utilizing 3D printing, AI and robotics technology, as well as the latest bleeding edge optics technology.
Facebook Follow. Mar 09, · To win today, you have to rely on your humanity to serve the needs of your clients, your staff and you. Respondents have a clear understanding of the human skills needed to manage AI, robotics, and automation, such as complex problem-solving, cognitive abilities, and social skills.
Yet many also said they do not have a plan to cultivate these skills.
Robots for Humanity Submitted by Anonymous on Wed, 07/13/ - We are very excited to announce a new collaboration between Willow Garage, the Healthcare Robotics Lab at Georgia Tech, and Henry and Jane Evans.
An expert at the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University has predicted that intelligent robots will eventually make humans redundant, before taking over and potentially causing our demise. Jul 18, · Members of the C-suite are keenly interested in talent arrangements incorporating artificial intelligence and robotics.
At the MIT Technology Review EmTech Next conference, Janet Foutty, chair and CEO of Deloitte Consulting LLP, and Erica Volini, principal and U.S. Human Capital Leader at Deloitte Consulting LLP, weighed in .