PODCAST: Nic Radford on underwater robots; celebrating 100 episodes

Welcome to Episode 100 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 this episode we celebrate our 100th show and look back at our favorite interviews. We created a playlist that includes some of the more memorable interviews. Over the course of these 100 episodes, we’ve generated more than 110 hours of discussions and nearly 150,000 plays.

Thanks to my co-host Mike Oitzman for all his contributions to this show. Thanks to all our colleagues behind the scenes who have made this possible. But most of all, thanks to all our guests and listeners who really make this podcast possible. Please let us know how we can continue to improve the show going forward – who do you want to hear from, what do you want to learn about, etc. We’re an open book and welcome all feedback – good, bad and in between.

Our guest this week is Nic Radford, founder and CEO of Nauticus Robotics. Nic joined the show to discuss his team’s development of underwater robots. Leveraging experience developing space robots for NASA, Nauticus’ underwater robots can perform inspection and maintenance tasks and much more.

We also recap the bigger news stories of the week, including San Francisco OK’ing its police department to potentially use robots with lethal force. We’ll have more on this story next week with an interview with Paul Scharre, vice president and director of studies at the Center for a New American Security. Scharre previously worked in the Office of the Secretary of Defense (OSD) where he played a leading role in establishing policies on unmanned and autonomous systems and emerging weapons technologies. Scharre brings informed insights to the table, discussing how a policy about lethal robots for police departments should be implemented and monitored.

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Mike Oitzman

Mike Oitzman is Senior Editor of WTWH's Robotics Group, cohost of The Robot Report Podcast, and founder of the Mobile Robot Guide. Oitzman is a robotics industry veteran with 25-plus years of experience at various high-tech companies in the roles of marketing, sales and product management. He can be reached at moitzman@wtwhmedia.com.