Prof. Owen Holland is a leading authority in the field of Cognitive Robotics. He has several world firsts to his credit including ant-based telecommunication robots, predatory robots, tiny flying web servers, and anthropo-mimetic robots with human-like skeletons and muscles.
Owen's Talk is about the Why? How? and Why Now? of conscious robotics. Starting with man-kinds quest to understand oneself (and therefor consciousness) he takes us on a journey from bongo players to octopuses to model worlds and back again, concluding that building consciousness in machines is well within our reach!