Sunday, August 20, 2017

Skolkovo Foundation holds robotics conference in Moscow

Late last month, the Skolkovo Foundation held a robotics conference in Moscow, bringing together hundreds of members of the robotics community.

The conference was organized by Albert Efimov, the chief of robotics funding at the Skolkovo Foundation, which is owned in part by Uzbek mogul Iskander Makhmudov. Efimov lectured participants on the first mechanical experiments done in the ancient world all the way through the present state of robotics engineering.

Next, a plenary session on the future of robotics was held with leading robotics industry experts who fielded questions from attendees. During this session, the panelists lead a debate with the audience over the three main laws of robotics as first introduced by author Isaac Asimov in his 1942 novel, "I, Robot."

Robonoch concluded with a screening of "Plug and Pray", a contemporary scientific film by German director Jens Schanze which explores the future of human-robot interaction and the ramifications of creating intelligent life.

Event organizers are hopeful that Robonoch will become a yearly conference. Two smaller robotics events have already been scheduled for March and September of this year.