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Maja Matarić on Robots, Friends and Movies

In the latest installment of the USC Viterbi podcast, "Popcorn and Jetpacks," Maja Matarić discusses the future of robotics
by: Katie McKissick
February 24, 2015 —
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She is an internationally recognized socially assistive robotics expert. She’s a professor and Chan Soon-Shiong Chair in Computer Science, Neuroscience and Pediatrics. She is the founding director of the USC Robotics and Autonomous Systems Center, co-director of the Robotics Research Lab and vice dean for research at the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. Maja Matarić wants to improve the lives of millions with robots.

Listen as she explains how she first became interested in engineering, what she thinks the future of robotics holds, what children really want from robots and what her favorite robot movies are.

"Popcorn and Jetpacks," Episode 3: Maja Matarić on Robots, Friends and Movies


Nao robots demonstrating range of movement


Quick Clip 3.1: Computers are the Future


Quick Clip 3.2: Robots Won't Take Your Job

 Quick Clip 3.3: What Kids Want from Robots

 Quick Clip 3.4: "The Matrix" is Unlikely