Our San Diego Comic-Con Panel: “Pop Culture and the Robot Reality”

by Steve Broback on June 26, 2014

RobotWant to come to out Tweet House “Robot Rendezvous” at Comic-Con? Register here to attend this intimate gathering.

As I mentioned in a previous post, The Tweet House team is returning to San Diego Comic-Con

We were ecstatic to hear that one of our geekier proposals was accepted, and the #SDCC organizers have slotted it into the official program. Come see us Saturday, 7/26/14, 11:00a.m. – 12:00p.m., Room: 7AB

Our session is titled “Pop Culture and the Robot Reality.” The idea is to bring the art and science of robots together onstage.

Our panelists:

Brent Spiner, best known for his portrayal of the beloved android “Data” on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Spiner inspired a generation of robot creators and designers.

Dr. Jennifer Barry, Senior Robotics Engineer at Rethink Robotics in Boston, MA. Jennifer develops robot arm planning and control techniques. Rethink is best known for producing Baxter, the “adaptive, collaborative manufacturing robot.”

Ross Ingram, community manager for Sphero who creates connected toys, fusing emerging technology with the latest innovations in robotics to offer a new kind of open play experience.

Brian David Johnson, Intel’s resident futurist who has been leading the Jimmy the Robot initiative.

Jason Crusan, who is Director, Advanced Exploration Systems Division at NASA, and is involved in a number of robot-centric initiatives including Robonaut2.

Our session description as seen in the expo program guide:

Pop Culture and the Robot Reality
From “Marvex the super robot” to the Metal Men to the Sentinels, robotics have been a prevalent theme in comic books and science fiction. Historically, robots and androids have been depicted as both loyal servants (Rosie the Robot) and/or metallic menaces (Ultron). In this session, moderator Steve Broback (Tweet House, Parnassus Group), will join Brian David Johnson (Resident futurist at Intel), Jennifer Barry (Rethink Robotics), Marty Linn (Principal Engineer of Robotics at General Motors), Jason Crusan (Director, Advanced Exploration Systems Division at NASA), Ross Ingram (Community Manager for Sphero), and none other than Brent Spiner (known as the beloved android Commander Data on Star Trek: The Next Generation) to survey and demonstrate our coming robot reality — what the next few years hold in store, and how it reflects on the futures depicted by the pop culture robots and androids of our time.

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