Last week we held our third annual robotics event at UC Berkeley. It’s my best-loved TechCrunch event, and this year’s was our best show to date. We had some unbelievable conversations with a number of the top names in robotics and artificial intelligent, demoed some unbelievable robots and broke some mind-blowing news about the future of the category.
You can check out a full rundown of all the robots we had onstage:
And here’s a talk Lucas and I gave about learnings from the event and what they say about the future of robotics:
For those who were unable to join us at the event — or just want a refresher — here’s a breakdown of the programming and the huge news that came out of the event.
tiny did we know when programming the event that we would have a member of Amazon Robotics’ faction onstage. a week ahead of the event, Canvas was acquired by the online retail giant, making for an intriguing conversation on the state of robotics startups. Full transcript here.
As automation becomes more prominent in our lives, the subject of human-robotic interaction (HRI) will become increasingly important. a number of experts in the field discuss the ways in which robotics and AI experts are making that transition more seamless. Full transcript here.
The panel kicks off with an intriguing demo featuring a cgi Barack Obama. What follows is an intriguing conversation about digital fakery. Full transcript here.
As automobile companies make a push into autonomous driving, AI and other underlying tech will play an important role in keeping both passengers and pedestrians safe. Full transcript here.
Industrial robotics giant Fanuc joined us onstage to discuss how the company will use its brand-new AI equipment to increase productivity with its bin picking system. Full transcript here.
Two of UC Berkeley’s leading thinkers discuss the recent growth of the AI and robotics sector and what companies and research need to do in order to continue that innovation. Full transcript here.
Some of the top companies in the industry joined us to discuss what it takes to build a successful AI startup. Full transcript here.
iRobot’s CEO joined us to show off its brand-new lawn-mowing android, Terra. He also discussed the company’s early struggles and offered counsel for startups looking to make their route in robotics. Full transcript here.
This panel was straight-up packed with Silicon Valley’s top robotics VCs. Moderator Connie Loizos has a rundown of some of the top takeaways from the event. Full transcript here.
Drone popularity has skyrocketed in recent years, among hobbyists and professionals alike. But we’re just beginning to scratch the surface of what they can do. One startup and a rep from the world’s largest drone company discuss what comes next. Full transcript here.
Last year, Marc Raibert announced the company’s plans to commercialize Spot Mini. This year he returned to debut the production model and show off some of the android’s brand-new tricks. Full transcript here.
Beyond the factories and warehouses, robotics are beginning to play an increasingly important role in the world of building. Full transcript here.