The Bits & Bytes Series - Matt McMullen
Hosted by Sia Sha
Matt is the CEO of Realbotix, a technology firm based in Las Vegas, the aim of which is to integrate robotic components and AI into high end silicone dolls. 🤖 Specifically, Realbotix has created Harmony, a companion robot that has been featured on Vice News, the New York Times, and Forbes. Realbotix has recently raised $3m. 🤑🚀
Make a new friend! 👯
2:44 Have we made ourselves lonely?
4:02 Cave syndrome: we actually like isolating ourselves
7:55 What do people talk about with a robot?
12:09 Replicating consciousness in AI
15:00 In the eyes of AI, are humans viruses? Parasites to the Earth?
17:10 Robots do it better!
21:05 Robot vs. human therapy
22:30 Do people treat robots worse than humans?
26:30 Improving social skills by talking to dolls
29:20 Matt’s takeaways through the years
31:40 Why put bad human traits in robots? Why jealousy?
33:55 Trekking through the VC industry
38:04 Why crowdfunding didn’t work for Realbotix
40:20 The future of robot companions
Thank you Jessica Ge for editing this episode! ❤️