By Sinéad Nolan
New Scientist Live 2016 was a fertile and inspiring ground for science lovers. Luckily for me, it was also full of information on robots and assistive technology as well as a place that many people working on robot projects were congregating.
While highlights of the day included meeting Imperial College’s ‘DeNiro robot’, having a cocktail made for me by a robot, as well as meeting Pepper (the service robot who guessed my age as 23, a flattering 8 years younger) the talks on the technology stage really added to the experience.
There was a fascinating talk from Dr Ruth McKernan CBE, Chief Executive of Innovate UK on The Future of Healthcare on how medicine is transforming gene therapy, cancer detection and personalised treatment. Billy Boyle co-founder of Ownstonenano also spoke about a new breathalizer which measures metabolites in our breath facilitating the early detection of cancer. Later on in the day, Irina Higgins, Research Scientist from Googles DeepMind did a talk on making AI human – complete with insights into how a robot brain perceives something in comparison to a humans.
In the below video I ask an organiser from the Mendeley Wall and Alzeimer’s Research UK for their opinion on the future of assistive technology.