RoboPsych Podcast

RoboPsych Podcast
A podcast exploring the psychology of human-robot interaction.
60 - John P. Sullins, Ph.D. on Robot Ethics
Apr 19 • 51 min
Ep. 60 - John P. Sullins, Ph.D. on Robot Ethics
59: Teaching Kids To Play Nice With Robots
Mar 28 • 49 min
Ep. 59 - Teaching Kids To Play Nice With Robots This week, Carla Diana (Twitter: @carladiana_) and Tom Guarriello (Twitter: @tomguarriello), talk about teaching children to play with robots non-aggressively. Show Notes Shelley - a robot to deter…
58: Cameras, Cameras Everywhere
Mar 8 • 53 min
Ep. 58 - Cameras, Cameras Everywhere This week, Carla Diana and I talk about the design and psychological implications of image capturing devices everywhere. Show Notes Fast Company article: “War on What’s Real” Right to be forgotten Note To…
57 - Superhero Tales and Robotics With Barry Fitzgerald, Ph.D.
Feb 28 • 22 min
Ep. 57 - Superhero Tales and Robotics with Barry Fitzgerald, Ph.D. Show Notes: Barry Fitzgerald has a Ph.D. in physics. He and Tom discuss the relevance of superhero stories for robotics from the Foundation For Responsible Robotics Workshop in Leiden,…
56: Reskilling To Collaborate With Robots
Feb 9 • 63 min
Ep. 56: Reskilling To Collaborate With Robots Show Notes This week, Carla Diana and Tom Guarriello talk about the knowledge, skills, attitudes, and personal characteristics that will make humans superior collaborators with robots. This is what Tom…
55 Re-Post: Carla Diana Discusses Her Beyond Tellerrand Presentation
Jan 25 • 49 min
Ep. 55: Carla Diana’s Beyond Tellerand Presentation This week Carla takes listeners through her design and robotics presentation: Robotics in Our Everyday Lives: A Product Designer’s Perspective, given at the Beyond Tellerrand conference in…
55: Carla Diana’s Beyond Tellerrand Presentation
Jan 25 • 49 min
Ep. 55: Carla Diana’s Beyond Tellerrand Presentation This week Carla takes listeners through her design and robotics presentation: Robotics in Our Everyday Lives: A Product Designer’s Perspective, given at the Beyond Tellerrand conference in…
54 - Rodney Brooks Makes Accountable Predictions, with Carla Diana
Jan 12 • 51 min
Ep. 54 - Rodney Brooks Makes Accountable Predictions, with Carla Diana This week Carla Diana joins Tom Guarriello as the new co-host of the RoboPsych Podcast. Show Notes Carla Diana’s Homepage Rodney Brooks “My Dated Predictions” Article Fast,…
53 - Dr. Cory Kidd
Dec 15, 2017 • 60 min
Ep. 53 - Dr. Cory Kidd on Robots in Healthcare Catalia Health website Cory Kidd - LinkedIn profile Mabu - robot healthcare assistant Mabu Intro Video Julie Carpenter website Julie Carpenter Twitter
52 - Dr. David Gunkel on Robot Ethics
Dec 1, 2017 • 66 min
Ep. 52 - Dr. David Gunkel on Robot Ethics Giving Robots Personhood - The Verge The Machine Question - book by David David Gunkel Twitter homepage Mind The Gap article by David Shimon - a robot that writes and plays jazz “What Is An Author” -…
51 - China’s New Citizen Score System
Nov 10, 2017 • 44 min
Ep. 51 - China’s New Citizen Score System This week, Julie Carpenter and Tom Guarriello discuss the current pilot of the China Citizen Score system, slated for mandatory roll out to all 1.3 billion Chinese in 2020. Big data meets Big Brother as…
50: Dr. Kate Devlin - Sex, Robots, and AI
Oct 14, 2017 • 70 min
Ep. 50 - Dr. Kate Devlin - Sex, Robots, and AI Kate’s Wikipedia page Kate’s Twitter page Kate’s TEDx Warwick talk on Sex Robots RealDoll Homepage NY Times article: The Trouble With Sex Robots
49 - Richard Yonck on Emotional AI
Oct 5, 2017 • 66 min
Ep. 49 - Richard Yonck on Emotional AI Richard’s new book, Heart of the Machine: Our Future in a World of Artificial Emotional Intelligence Emotion AI Summit panel with Richard, Rana el-Kaliouby, and John C. Havens Rodney Brooks article, The…
48 - Robophobia
Sep 4, 2017 • 73 min
Ep. 48 - Robophobia Hurricane Harvey Red Cross Donation Best Friends animal rescue donation Robophobia newspaper article Aimee Mann robot video Rodney Brooks Techcrunch MIT conference video Superintelligence by Nick Bostrom Oxford study of job…
47 - Dr. Steve Omohundro on AI, Robots, and Empathy
Aug 12, 2017 • 65 min
Ep. 47 - Dr. Steve Omohundro on AI, Robots, and Empathy Steve’s Homepage Reinforcement and Inverse Reinforcement Learning Kate Darling on robots and empathy Video NPR Interview Video: Boston Dynamics robots getting knocked down, but getting up…
46: John Danaher on Artificial Offspring and our Collective Afterlife
Jul 28, 2017 • 57 min
Show Notes: Ep. 46 - John Danaher on Artificial Offspring and our Collective Afterlife John’s article: Why we should create artificial offspring: meaning and the collective afterlife John’s webpage John edited this forthcoming book, which…
45 - Chatbots for Mental Health Services
Jun 30, 2017 • 62 min
Ep. 45 - Chatbots for Mental Health Services Tom and Dr. Julie Carpenter discuss the use of chatbot programs in mental health service delivery. Karim provides support for Syrian children caught up in a brutal war Catfish: fake personal profiles…
44 - Dr. Joanna Bryson
Jun 15, 2017 • 64 min
Show Notes Dr. Bryson’s Homepage Dr.Bryson’s Reddit AMA Sackler Lectures, including referenced talk on recidivism Principles of Robotics, update/rewrite of Asimov’s laws Children abusing robot in experiment
43 - Ikea’s AI Survey
May 22, 2017 • 59 min
Show Notes IKEA Article Super Sad True Love Story Leave comments or survey answers on our Twitter or Facebook pages, or email us at either or
42 - Disney Robots
May 1, 2017 • 60 min
Ep. 42 - Disney Robots Tom and Dr. Julie Carpenter talk about the latest news of Disney filing a patent for a kind of soft robot for their theme parks. Send email to for a chance to win a softcover copy of Sexbots, Killbots &…
Episode 41: Humans, Season 2, Episode 8 - Season finale with Josué Cardona
Apr 11, 2017 • 83 min
Show Notes Negative Attitude Towards Robots Scale - version AlphaGo vs. Lee Sedol - Game 2, Move #37 (Video) Geek Therapy - Josué’s podcast and blog network
Episode 40: AI Diagnosticians? With new co-host, Dr. Julie Carpenter
Apr 10, 2017 • 65 min
Show Notes Welcoming Dr. Julie Carpenter as new co-host for RoboPsych Podcast Dr. Michael LaBoissiere Website Dr. LaBoissiere’s latest book: Sexbots, Killbots & Virtual Dogs: Essays on Ethics & Technology For a chance to win a paperback…
39: Humans, Robots, and Sextech with Cindy Gallop
Apr 6, 2017 • 60 min
Show Notes: Cindy’a TED presentation Sextech Wikipedia page AllTheSky Holdings website Cindy’s email Sex and Robots: RoboPsych Podcasts Dr. Julie Carpenter Dr. Kathleen Richardson
38: Humans, Season 2, Episode 7 With Josué Cardona (Re-Upload)
Apr 2, 2017 • 70 min
Show Notes: AMC’s Humans Website Jibo Affectiva March 25 report on Arizona Uber crash
37 - Humans, Season 2, Episode 6 With Josué Cardona
Mar 30, 2017 • 74 min
Show Notes AMC’s Humans Website
36: Dr. Aimee van Wynsberghe on latest in robotics
Mar 27, 2017 • 50 min
Show Notes: Aimee van Wynsberghe Dr. Van Wynsberghe’s homepage Foundation for Responsible Robotics Electronic sex toy maker pays users for unauthorized data capture Emotion recognition company, Affectiva AI diagnoses depression from Instagram…
35: Dr. Julie Carpenter on “rogue AI robots” and more
Mar 22, 2017 • 58 min
Show Notes: Patrick Meier - WeRobotics Drone Code of Conduct Wanda Holbrook killed by robotic device in factory Karol ńĆapek’s play, RUR, Rossum’s Universal Robots HITCHbot 1927 file, Metropolis “When Machines Go Rogue” article on Sweden…
34 - Dr. Charles A. Fritz - Teaching high schoolers about robots
Mar 20, 2017 • 22 min
Show Notes Newspaper article about Dr. Fritz’s class
33 - Humans, Season 2, Episode 5 with Josué Cardona
Mar 14, 2017 • 78 min
Show Notes Big Think - The Mind as Emergent, Self-Organizing System European Union document on “Electronic Citizens”
32 - Humans, Season 2, Episode 4 with Josué Cardona
Mar 7, 2017 • 74 min
Show Notes: AMC’s Humans - Episode 4 European Union Report on Electronic Citizenship for Robots
31 - Humans, Season 2 Episode 3
Feb 28, 2017 • 70 min
Humans, Season 2 Episode 3 AMC’s Website - Episode 3 European Parliament Report on AI, Ethics, and Electronic Personhood RoboPsych Podcast Ep. 27 - Dr. Julie Carpenter - Robots and Sexuality RoboPsych Podcast Ep. 28 - Dr. Kathleen…
30 - Humans - Season 2 Episode 2
Feb 26, 2017 • 72 min
RoboPsych Podcast - Humans Season 2 Episode 1 Josué Cardona Website AMC’s Humans Website - Episode 2 Isaac Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics
29 - Humans - Season 2 Episode 1 With Josué Cardona
Feb 22, 2017 • 90 min
Humans - AMC Website
28 - Kathleen Richardson, Ph.D. - Campaign Against Sex Robots
Feb 1, 2017 • 58 min
Kathleen Richardson, Ph.D. - February 1, 2017 - Show Notes Kathleen Richardson homepage Campaign Against Sex Robots Sex Dolls and Rape Culture - by Kathleen Richardson, Ph.D. Robots and ethics: the future of sex - TEDx Talk …
27 - Julie Carpenter, Ph.D. - Human-Robot Sexuality
Jan 13, 2017 • 72 min
Julie Carpenter, Ph.D. Show Notes • Dr. Carpenter’s website • Dr. Carpenter’s previous RoboPsych Podcast interview on military use of robots • Freud’s article, “The Uncanny” • Dr. Kathleen Richardson’s Campaign…
26 - Alain Kornhauser, Ph.D. - Self-Driving Vehicles Update
Jan 5, 2017 • 68 min
Alain Kornhauser Podcast Show Notes - 01/04/17 Dr. Kornhauser’s homepage Tesla May 7, 2016 fatal accident in Florida Tesla December 26, 2016 anticipating accident on Autobahn WAYMO, Alphabet’s Self-Driving…
25 - Josué Cardona: Tech Adoption Pace and Social Robots
Dec 5, 2016 • 71 min
Josué Cardona Show Notes - Episode 25 Josué Cardona’s Website, Twitter, PsychTech Podcast Everett Rogers Diffusion of Innovation Model - Wikipedia Horace Dedieu Technology Adoption Article and Graph Sales Funnel…
24: Pivot, with Jenny Blake
Sep 7, 2016 • 56 min
Jenny Blake Show Notes - September 7, 2016 Jenny Blake’s main page Pivotability Survey Fast Company article about Jenny Books Pivot: The Only Move That Matters Is Your Next One Life After College Twitter: @jennyblake
23 - Tim Hornyak: Robots and Japanese Culture
Sep 1, 2016 • 58 min
Tim Hornyak Show Notes A conversation with author Tim Hornyak about the impact of Japanese culture on that nation’s approach and relationships with robots. Tim’s book, Loving The Machine: The Art and Science of Japanese Robots Astro Boy,…
22 - Kevin Kelly
Jun 20, 2016 • 41 min
My guest this week is Kevin Kelly, author and Internet pioneer. We discuss his latest book, The Inevitable, and the implications of Artificial Intelligence. Kevin’s Homepage Kevin’s books on Amazon: The Inevitable What Technology Wants …
21: Brian David Johnson, Futurist and Robot Designer
May 17, 2016 • 55 min
Brian David Johnson Show Notes Brian’s Book: 21st Century Robot Brian’s Midwest Compute video on The Future of Technology Trossen Robotics Website: Jimmy The Robot Erector set John Markoff’s history of the PC…
20 - Rana el Kaliouby, Ph.D.
Apr 26, 2016 • 44 min
Rana El-Kaliouby, Ph.D. Show Notes Rana El-Kaliouby - Wikipedia Page Rana named one of 25 Geniuses Who Are Creating The Future of Business by Wired Affectiva - Corporate Website Rana - TED Talk Affdex - Emotion…
19 - Tim Holmes
Apr 18, 2016 • 79 min
World renowned artist and thinker Tim Holmes join Tom for a lively discussion of artificial intelligence, robots and the “erotic crisis.” Tim Holmes Show Notes Tim Holmes - Website Tim Holmes - Wikipedia Tim Holmes - TEDx…
18: Andrea Thomaz, Ph.D.
Apr 7, 2016 • 47 min
The University of Texas website describes Andrea Thomaz, Ph.D., thusly: Shownotes: From the University of Texas website: “Andrea Thomaz is an Associate Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at The University of Texas at…
17: Wendy Ju, Ph.D.
Mar 29, 2016 • 56 min
Show Notes - Wendy Ju, Ph.D. Wendy Ju’s Website The Stanford University website describes Dr. Wendy Ju this way: “Wendy Ju is Executive Director of Interaction Design Research at Stanford University’s Center for Design Research. She is also…
Episode 16: Aimee van Wynsberghe, Ph.D.
Jan 4, 2016 • 55 min
Aimee van Wynsberghe, Ph.D. Show Notes Aimee van Wynsberghe, Ph.D. Homepage Foundation for Responsible Robotics Designing Robots for Care, Science and Engineering Ethics journal article Healthcare Robots: Ethics, Design and Implementation, by…
15 - Ben Brown of Howdy.AI
Nov 10, 2015 • 53 min
Ben Brown Show Notes This week I speak with Ben Brown of Howdy.AI, a Slack chatbot digital assistant. XOXCO homepage Slack homepage Oxford future of employment study Agile software development method Tom Guarriello, Ph.D.
14 - John C. Havens - Self-Driving Cars
Nov 2, 2015 • 87 min
John Havens Autonomous Vehicle Podcast Show Notes: John C. Havens’s homepage MIT Technology Review, Why Self-Driving Cars Must Be Programmed to Kill Heartificial Intelligence Volvo statement about autonomous…
Episode 13: Jenny Blake
Oct 13, 2015 • 62 min
Jenny Blake is an author, educator, consultant and former Googler who has written and spoken extensively about work and careers in the new economic world. She is deeply interested in how robots and AI will impact the work world. Jenny Blake…
12 - Steve Omohundro, Ph.D.
Aug 18, 2015 • 61 min
Steve Omohundro RoboPsych Podcast Show Notes This episode include spoilers for AMC’s Humans. AMC Humans website, including free episodes Steve Omohundro website Mickey Mouse in “The Sorcerer’s…
11 - Dr. Stefanie Tellex
Jul 13, 2015 • 46 min
Show Notes: Stephanie Tellex, Ph.D. - Homepage Giving robot trucks verbal commands - video DARPA Robotics Challenge Dean Kamen’s FIRST Program for kids Dr. Tellex training her cat - description and…
10 - EU Robot Attitude Survey Results
Jun 24, 2015 • 29 min
Complete survey and results. Pictures: Robot 1 and Robot 2
9 - Self-driving Cars with Dr. Alain Kornhauser
May 23, 2015 • 57 min
Alain Kornhauser Show Notes Dr. Alain Kornhauser is Professor of Operations Research & Financial Engineering at Princeton University. He is Director of the Transportation Program at Princeton and a long-time observer and expert in the field…
Episode 8 - Kate Darling - Robots and Ethics
May 18, 2015 • 57 min
Kate Darling Show Notes “Who’s Johnny?” research paper, PDF on robots, framing and empathy Heider & Simmel 1944, a study of interpersonal perception and attribution of human characteristics to objects Peter Singer, The…
Episode 7 - John C. Havens
May 11, 2015 • 80 min
An interview with author and speaker John C. Havens. Show notes: Happy - The Movie Palantir - Data analysis systems Project VRM - Doc Searls’s Vendor Relationship Management project acxiom - Data services The Cluetrain…
6 - Julie Carpenter, Ph.D.
Apr 17, 2015 • 70 min
Julie Carpenter’s Home Page The TALON Explosive Ordnance Disposal device
Episode 5 - Kathleen Richardson, Ph.D.
Apr 4, 2015 • 73 min
Show Notes This week, Tom interviews Kathleen Richardson, Ph.D., author of An Anthropology of AI and Robotics: Annihilation Anxiety and Machines. Dr. Richardson’s De Montfort University…
Episode 4 - Carla Diana Conversation
Mar 26, 2015 • 52 min
Show Notes: Here’s Carla Diana’s website Carla’s bio Simon the robot Simon’s cousin, Curi the robot Baxter, trainable robot Sawyer, Baxter’s younger brother Kismet, Wikipedia page Dopey, from Snow White Leo The Maker…
Episode 3 - Tery Spataro Conversation
Mar 2, 2015 • 60 min
AI, Robotics and Ethics
Episode 2: “Existential Risk” of AI?
Feb 10, 2015 • 36 min
What are these geniuses talking about?
RoboPsych Podcast - Episode 1 - What’s RoboPsych?
Jan 21, 2015 • 21 min
When robots become as common as smartphones, what will our relationships with them be like?
Episode 0 - Introduction
Jan 17, 2015 • 1 min
A new podcast exploring the psychology of human-robot interaction