The session comprises two very different presentations from the field of robots and flying machines.
Raffaello D'Andrea, professor at ETH Zurich, gives insights into his research showing flying vehicles and small drones. Tech giants are investing in this fields and there's a lot of media attention. Raffaello shows examples for applications for these flying vehicles such as planting. photography, video and package delivery. It is technically feasable and cost-effective. What about regulations and security? It depends on where you want to fly. In urban environments it is obviously more difficult than being permitted in rural areas.
David Hanson and the CEO of Hanson Robotics present their human-like robots. Their aim is to build robots that mimic humans to make them more accessible. They show images of their Einstein and Philip K. Dick android. Their vision is create robots that can become your friend. It's not just about entertainment, but to make them relatable, so robots can help to work in fields like healthcare.