Regular readers of Scope will know that I am a huge fan of robots. So I'm delighted that, in addition to autonomous cars and at least a dozen other smart machines, robots with potential medical applications will also be on display this week at the Robot Block Party at Stanford:
The Stanford Artificial Intelligence Laboratory will bring demonstrations that help users experience a virtual world through touch - the same technology that helps doctors feel like they're cutting tissue when they perform surgery remotely. The autonomous car built by researchers at the university's Center for Automotive Research will also be on display and several Bay Area robotics companies will bring demonstrations.
The robot demonstrations will run from 1 to 7 p.m. at the Volkswagen Automotive Innovation Lab, 473 Oak Road, on the Stanford campus. The event is free and open to the public.