17 May 2014 mwaibel   » (Master)

Robots: RoboRoach

In this episode, Ron Vanderkley speaks with Bill Reith an engineer at Backyard Brains. The company develops RoboRoach, the world's first commercially available "cyborg" which was successfully backed on KickStarter. Using their kit, you can briefly control the left/right movement of a cockroach from a smart phone using microstimulation of the antenna nerves. The RoboRoach is one of the many tools that Backyard Brains hopes to use to teach students about neuroscience. Aware of the ethical questions their work raises, the company has put out a set of ethical statements. To explore the ethical side further, AJung Moon speaks with Prof. Oliver Bendel at the School of Business in Basel.

Syndicated 2014-05-17 07:00:00 from Robots - The Podcast for News and Views on Robotics

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