Robohub featured in Robert Downey Jr. AI series

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Waterloo Engineering’s RoboHub is highlighted in an episode of the "The Age of A.I.", a documentary series covering the ways artificial intelligence, machine learning, and neural networks are changing the world.

Engineering 7’s state-of-the-art robotics research, testing, and training facility is profiled in Episode 6 entitled Will a robot take my job?, one of the world’s most googled questions.

The University of Waterloo is one of two Canadian locations featured in the eight-part YouTube documentary series hosted by actor and producer Robert Downey Jr., who calls RoboHub “a premier robotics incubator.”

“One thing they’re doing is developing AI and robotics to use in environments that are unstructured, more human, like at home,” says Downey, best known as Tony Stark, the character behind Iron Man in the Avengers movies.

TALOS, one of the world’s most advanced humanoid robots, along with Brandon DeHart, RoboHub's Engineering Manager, and Alexander Werner, RobohHub's Humanoid Specialist, are included in the Waterloo Engineering footage that begins at 21:30 of the episode.

At 1.75-metres-tall, weighing 100 kilograms, Robohub's TALOS is one of the most advanced humanoid robots commercially available worldwide.

DeHart was interviewed earlier this week on Kitchener’s CBC radio morning show hosted by Craig Norris.

DeHart told Norris that the show’s producers were looking at TALOS “mainly in terms of what can it do, what can't it do, what is the potential for it."