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John Jordan Delivers Address At TEDxPSU

On Sunday, March 2nd, TEDxPSU, the Penn State chapter of TED talks, one of the largest non-profit conferences in the country, welcomed 14 speakers to its “Go Further ” conference.

The conference was done in a series of three sessions and broke after session one for a lunch expo, during which host, Rob Andrejewski, urged attendees to discuss what they’d taken away from the event.

John M. Jordan, a clinical professor of the Department of Supply Chain and Information Systems at Penn State Smeal, was one of the 14 featured speakers.

Jordan came onto the stage and discussed robots in today’s terms. He told the audience to forget the mass market science fiction thinking and realize what a robot truly is.

“Everybody knows what a robot is, but nobody can define it, including computer scientists,” Jordan said.

He told the audience to get informed and “go further” in their understanding. He urged the audience to let go of the stereotypes and the fantasies and to begin to have intelligent conversations about what robots will do in the future.

You can view an excerpt of Jordan's presentation here.

For more information on the TEDxPSU 2014 Conference, please click here.

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