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Making good robots

Andra Keay (Silicon Valley Robotics)
9:00am9:15am Thursday, March 16, 2017
Law, ethics, governance
Location: Grand Ballroom
Secondary topics:  AI
Average rating: ****.
(4.09, 46 ratings)

Let’s stop talking about bad robots and start talking about what makes a robot good. A good or ethical robot must be carefully designed. Andra Keay outlines five principles of good robot design and discusses the implications of implicit bias in our robots. We are encountering more and more robots in our lives, so we designers need to be creating good interactions or else we may wind up in a world of robot smog, robot spam, and robot stereotypes.

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Andra Keay

Silicon Valley Robotics

Andra Keay is the managing director of Silicon Valley Robotics, an industry group supporting innovation and commercialization of robotics technologies. Andra is also founder of Robot Launch, global robotics startup competition, cofounder of Robot Garden hackerspace, mentor at hardware accelerators, a startup advisor, and an active angel investor in robotics startups. Andra is also a director at, the global site for news and views on robotics. Previously Andra was an ABC film, television, and radio technician and taught interaction design at the University of Technology, Sydney. Andra has keynoted at major international conferences, including USI 2016, WebSummit 2014 and 2015, Collision 2015 and 2016, Pioneers Festival 2014, JavaOne 2014, Solid 2014, and SxSW 2015. She was selected as an HRI Pioneer in 2010. Andra holds a BA in communication from the University of Technology, Sydney, Australia, and an MA in human-robot culture from the University of Sydney, Australia, where her work built on her background as a robot geek, STEM educator, and filmmaker.