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What could make robots trustworthy?

Event schedule details

Saturday 29 June

14.00-14.45

Event location details

Lecture theatre, G16

Imperial College London

Robotic surgeons? Self-driving cars? A shiny metal babysitter? No matter how advanced robots become there is still a stigma of mistrust attached to them when it comes to the things we care most about – our lives and our families.

Thrishantha Nanayakkara believes the key to trust is reliable functionality backed by human-like reasoned decision making. In his talk he will explore the current challenges to this vision including an over-reliance in robot design on rigid, rule-based algorithms, and a need to make future robots more comfortable in their surroundings, able to evolve, react and interact with the constantly changing environment they find themselves in.

This is part of our ‘Spotlight on Science’ talks series. Take a look at the other talks in this series.


This event is free but booking is available to guarantee a place. Booking will open in June.

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Event categories

  • Adults
  • Talk