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An evening looking at advances in robotics that are allowing robots to become more human and humans becoming more robotic.
Scientific Steps towards the future of walking robots
Dr Maurice Fallon (Royal Society University Research Fellow)
Hollywood's walking robots inspire and frighten in equal measure - from the murderous Terminator to the paranoid and depressed Marvin in Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy. But are humanoids and quadrupeds truly coming for us - imminently or in the near future? Maurice describes the science behind dynamic walking robots, what they can see and do, and discusses the major challenges in developing such devices giving examples with the Boston Dynamics Atlas as well as the Anymal quadruped and the NASA Valkyrie. He'll also give tips for surviving the robot apocalypse. (SPOILER: unplug its charger)
Hot-wiring humans – the therapeutic use of electricity
Mr James FitzGerald (Consultant Neurosurgeon, Nuffield Department of Surgical Sciences)
The earliest use of electrical stimulator systems in humans was over half a century ago. James will describe how it all started, how the technology has developed since then, and how it is being used today to transform the quality of life of patients with conditions including Parkinson’s disease and chronic pain. We will then see some of the exciting applications that are at the cutting edge of development in the laboratory and in early clinical trials.