Welcome to Episode 63 of The Robot Report Podcast, which brings conversations with robotics innovators straight to you. Join us each week for discussions with leading roboticists, innovative robotics companies, and other key members of the robotics community.
In today’s episode, Steve and Mike interview robotics innovator Esben Østergaard, CEO of Reinvest Robotics and cofounder of Universal Robots. We discuss the potential impact of the pending EU AI Act and Machinery Directive. These directives are likely to impact the growth of AI startup in the EU and burden them with rules that will hamper innovation. Esben offers his thoughts about innovation and how successful robotics startups need a competitive playing field to be successful. Could this be the death of robotic and AI innovation in the EU? Listen in to learn more.
Here’s a link to Esben’s recent blog about the impact of the EU AI Act and Machinery Directive.
“The approach of the current machinery directive is sufficient. The problem is with governance. We recommend focusing on ensuring that products on the market actually comply with the current EU law, not creating new regulations,” said Østergaard.
Steve and Mike also review the latest robotics news stories from the last week, including the following stories reported on The Robot Report:
- Robotics Summit & Expo 2022 call for speakers
- MiR is building autonomous pallet jacks
- Knightscope IPO taking security robots public
- Serve Robotics closes $13 million funding round
- Nuro, Waymo bring autonomous deliveries to California
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- AI Act
- The Commission’s proposal on AI
- The Regulation on machinery
- Link to the first report in the EP (PDF):
Links to companies mentioned in the podcast:
- AWS Robotics Startup Accelerator delivered by MassRobotics