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Artist, Inventor, UC Berkeley Professor & Roboticist

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 Ken Goldberg Biography

Award-winning Roboticist, Filmmaker, and UC Berkeley Engineering Professor Ken Goldberg is a popular public speaker who combines compelling images and videos in dynamic presentations on emerging AI and Robotics technologies, sharing insights about what isn’t new, what is new, and how we can prepare for the future.

Ken trains the next generation of researchers and entrepreneurs in his research lab at UC Berkeley; he has published over 300 papers in robotics and social media and holds 8 US Patents, which have been cited in over 15,000 publications. Ken serves as Chief Scientist of Ambidextrous Robotics and on the advisory board of the RoboGlobal ETF. He is a pioneer in technology and artistic visual expression, bridging the “Two Cultures” of Art and Science. With unique skills in communication and creative problem solving, invention, and thinking on the edge, Ken has presented over 500 keynote and invited lectures to audiences around the world at events such as the World Economic Forum, Aspen Ideas Festival, Amazon re:MARS, Google Zeitgeist, TEDx, Web 2.0, SXSW, MIT EmTech, and at MIT, Harvard, CMU, Stanford, Oxford, Technion, Google, Amazon, ATT, Autodesk, Cisco, Credit Lyonnais Asia, Deloitte, Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, Fidelity, Flextronics, Freeman Group, Fujitsu, General Electric, IBM, Intel, McKinsey, Oracle, Samsung, Siemens, Tata Communications, UBS, and Vodefone, on the topics below.

Ken and his graduate students pioneer research in robot grasping, motion, and design for applications ranging from surgery to manufacturing to home automation to precision agriculture. Ken's artwork has appeared in 70 exhibits including the Whitney Biennial and he developed the first provably complete algorithm for part feeding and the first robot on the Internet. Ken served as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE), Co-Founder of: the Berkeley Center for New Media (BCNM), Hybrid Wisdom Labs, the Moxie Film Studio, the African Robotics Network (AFRON), and Founding Director of UC Berkeley's Art, Technology, and Culture Lecture Series. Ken’s projects are regularly featured on television, radio, and in publications such as the New York Times, The Atlantic, MIT Tech Review, BBC, Fast Company, der Spiegel, and Rolling Stone.

Ken was awarded the NSF Presidential Faculty Fellowship from President Bill Clinton in 1995 and elected IEEE Fellow in 2005.

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  • Brainstorming At a Global Scale

    To brainstorm at the scale of social media, we can use techniques from a unlikely source: Robotics. Goldberg presents recent results on social innovation and collective brainstorming work with the U.S. State Department, General Motors, and the State of California.

  • The New Wave in Robot Grasping

    Despite 50 years of research, robots remain remarkably clumsy, limiting their applications in home decluttering, warehouse order fulfillment, and robot-assisted surgery. The First Wave of grasping research, still dominant, uses analytic methods based on screw theory and assumes exact knowledge of pose, shape, and contact mechanics. The Second Wave is empirical: purely data driven approaches which learn grasp strategies from many examples using techniques such as imitation and reinforcement learning with hyperparametric function approximation (Deep Learning). The New Wave is based on hybrid methods that combine analytic models to bootstrap Deep Learning models, where data and code is exchanged via the Cloud using emerging advances in cloud computing and big data. I'll present our lab's work on the Dexterity Network (Dex-Net), an emerging New Wave approach that allows robots to grasp a broad range of novel objects.

  • Beyond the Uncanny Valley: Art, Fear, and Fascination with Technology

  • Robots in the Garden: How Robots Can Boost Agriculture

    For over 10,000 years, humans have worked to understand and control the complexity of plants. As the climate changes and a growing population seeks fresh and healthy nutrition, how can robots be used in agriculture? This talk will review recent progress including John Deere's use of drones to fine-tune fertilizer delivery and EarthSense mobile robots that roll beneath leaf canopies to closely monitor plant properties that optimize breeding. I'll share results from RAPID, a USDA-sponsored project developing Robot Assisted Precision Irrigation Delivery, and two projects that incorporate art and research: TeleGarden (1995) where over 100,000 people remotely collaborated to tend a living garden, and AlphaGarden (2020), where simulation and measurements from a living garden are being combined to train a robot to sustain a diverse polyculture garden. This talk will raise provocative questions about the AI Revolution in the context of the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions.

  • A Radically Hopeful Vision for Humans, Artificial Intelligence, and Robots

    The Covid-19 pandemic puts into context the headlines about AI and robots stealing jobs, replacing drivers, doctors, laborers, and lawyers AI and Robots are not an existential threat to humans. Counter to the views of many experts, I argue that a more likely outcome is "Complementarity," where AI and robots complement human skills, allowing humans to focus on what we do best: dexterity, creativity, intuition, empathy, and communication. I'll share results from my research in robotics and our recent global study suggesting how AI and robots could lead to a more productive and inclusive future for humans. Illustrated with images and video, this presentation will address: 1) What Isn’t New, 2) What Is New, to 3), How We Can Prepare.

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  • Ken Goldberg makes surgical robots that can learn

    Engineer and artist Ken Goldberg talks about the future of cloud-educated robots as well as his current work developing surgical robots that can learn in a recent interview with Humans Invent. Goldberg thinks that robots will be able to learn by drawing on information stored in the cloud, saying “just in the same way as humans as a species are getting smarter because we are able to share...

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Ken Goldberg

Artist, Inventor, UC Berkeley Professor & Roboticist

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Ken Goldberg Biography

Award-winning Roboticist, Filmmaker, and UC Berkeley Engineering Professor Ken Goldberg is a popular public speaker who combines compelling images and videos in dynamic presentations on emerging AI and Robotics technologies, sharing insights about what isn’t new, what is new, and how we can prepare for the future.

Ken trains the next generation of researchers and entrepreneurs in his research lab at UC Berkeley; he has published over 300 papers in robotics and social media and holds 8 US Patents, which have been cited in over 15,000 publications. Ken serves as Chief Scientist of Ambidextrous Robotics and on the advisory board of the RoboGlobal ETF. He is a pioneer in technology and artistic visual expression, bridging the “Two Cultures” of Art and Science. With unique skills in communication and creative problem solving, invention, and thinking on the edge, Ken has presented over 500 keynote and invited lectures to audiences around the world at events such as the World Economic Forum, Aspen Ideas Festival, Amazon re:MARS, Google Zeitgeist, TEDx, Web 2.0, SXSW, MIT EmTech, and at MIT, Harvard, CMU, Stanford, Oxford, Technion, Google, Amazon, ATT, Autodesk, Cisco, Credit Lyonnais Asia, Deloitte, Deutsche Telekom, Ericsson, Fidelity, Flextronics, Freeman Group, Fujitsu, General Electric, IBM, Intel, McKinsey, Oracle, Samsung, Siemens, Tata Communications, UBS, and Vodefone, on the topics below.

Ken and his graduate students pioneer research in robot grasping, motion, and design for applications ranging from surgery to manufacturing to home automation to precision agriculture. Ken's artwork has appeared in 70 exhibits including the Whitney Biennial and he developed the first provably complete algorithm for part feeding and the first robot on the Internet. Ken served as Editor-in-Chief of the IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering (T-ASE), Co-Founder of: the Berkeley Center for New Media (BCNM), Hybrid Wisdom Labs, the Moxie Film Studio, the African Robotics Network (AFRON), and Founding Director of UC Berkeley's Art, Technology, and Culture Lecture Series. Ken’s projects are regularly featured on television, radio, and in publications such as the New York Times, The Atlantic, MIT Tech Review, BBC, Fast Company, der Spiegel, and Rolling Stone.

Ken was awarded the NSF Presidential Faculty Fellowship from President Bill Clinton in 1995 and elected IEEE Fellow in 2005.

Ken Goldberg Videos

  • Ken Goldberg 3rd wave robot grasping exceprt
    Ken Goldberg Speaker: Award winning Roboticist, Filmmaker, and UC Berkeley Engineering Professor Ken Goldberg is a popular public ...
  • Ken Goldberg | Ken Goldberg | TEDxOakland
    Ken Goldberg is an artist, inventor, and UC Berkeley Professor. He is Director of the CITRIS "People and Robots" Initiative and the UC Berkeley ...

Ken Goldberg Speaking Topics

  • Brainstorming At a Global Scale

    To brainstorm at the scale of social media, we can use techniques from a unlikely source: Robotics. Goldberg presents recent results on social innovation and collective brainstorming work with the U.S. State Department, General Motors, and the State of California.

  • The New Wave in Robot Grasping

    Despite 50 years of research, robots remain remarkably clumsy, limiting their applications in home decluttering, warehouse order fulfillment, and robot-assisted surgery. The First Wave of grasping research, still dominant, uses analytic methods based on screw theory and assumes exact knowledge of pose, shape, and contact mechanics. The Second Wave is empirical: purely data driven approaches which learn grasp strategies from many examples using techniques such as imitation and reinforcement learning with hyperparametric function approximation (Deep Learning). The New Wave is based on hybrid methods that combine analytic models to bootstrap Deep Learning models, where data and code is exchanged via the Cloud using emerging advances in cloud computing and big data. I'll present our lab's work on the Dexterity Network (Dex-Net), an emerging New Wave approach that allows robots to grasp a broad range of novel objects.

  • Beyond the Uncanny Valley: Art, Fear, and Fascination with Technology

  • Robots in the Garden: How Robots Can Boost Agriculture

    For over 10,000 years, humans have worked to understand and control the complexity of plants. As the climate changes and a growing population seeks fresh and healthy nutrition, how can robots be used in agriculture? This talk will review recent progress including John Deere's use of drones to fine-tune fertilizer delivery and EarthSense mobile robots that roll beneath leaf canopies to closely monitor plant properties that optimize breeding. I'll share results from RAPID, a USDA-sponsored project developing Robot Assisted Precision Irrigation Delivery, and two projects that incorporate art and research: TeleGarden (1995) where over 100,000 people remotely collaborated to tend a living garden, and AlphaGarden (2020), where simulation and measurements from a living garden are being combined to train a robot to sustain a diverse polyculture garden. This talk will raise provocative questions about the AI Revolution in the context of the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions.

  • A Radically Hopeful Vision for Humans, Artificial Intelligence, and Robots

    The Covid-19 pandemic puts into context the headlines about AI and robots stealing jobs, replacing drivers, doctors, laborers, and lawyers AI and Robots are not an existential threat to humans. Counter to the views of many experts, I argue that a more likely outcome is "Complementarity," where AI and robots complement human skills, allowing humans to focus on what we do best: dexterity, creativity, intuition, empathy, and communication. I'll share results from my research in robotics and our recent global study suggesting how AI and robots could lead to a more productive and inclusive future for humans. Illustrated with images and video, this presentation will address: 1) What Isn’t New, 2) What Is New, to 3), How We Can Prepare.

FAQs on booking Ken Goldberg

  • How to book Ken Goldberg?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Ken Goldberg for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Ken Goldberg, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Ken Goldberg or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Ken Goldberg?

    Booking fees for Ken Goldberg, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Ken Goldberg, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Ken Goldberg?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Ken Goldberg for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Ken Goldberg for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Ken Goldberg or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Ken Goldberg or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Ken Goldberg is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Ken Goldberg for your event is available upon request. Ken Goldberg generally travels from Berkeley, CA, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Matt Ridley, Marco Tempest, Ray Kurzweil, Maajid Nawaz and Ben Kacyra. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Ken Goldberg for an upcoming event.

Ken Goldberg Speaker Videos

  • Ken Goldberg 3rd wave robot grasping exceprt
    Ken Goldberg Speaker: Award winning Roboticist, Filmmaker, and UC Berkeley Engineering Professor Ken Goldberg is a popular public ...
    Ken Goldberg | Ken Goldberg | TEDxOakland
    Ken Goldberg is an artist, inventor, and UC Berkeley Professor. He is Director of the CITRIS "People and Robots" Initiative and the UC Berkeley ...

Ken Goldberg Speaking Topics

  • Brainstorming At a Global Scale

    To brainstorm at the scale of social media, we can use techniques from a unlikely source: Robotics. Goldberg presents recent results on social innovation and collective brainstorming work with the U.S. State Department, General Motors, and the State of California.

  • The New Wave in Robot Grasping

    Despite 50 years of research, robots remain remarkably clumsy, limiting their applications in home decluttering, warehouse order fulfillment, and robot-assisted surgery. The First Wave of grasping research, still dominant, uses analytic methods based on screw theory and assumes exact knowledge of pose, shape, and contact mechanics. The Second Wave is empirical: purely data driven approaches which learn grasp strategies from many examples using techniques such as imitation and reinforcement learning with hyperparametric function approximation (Deep Learning). The New Wave is based on hybrid methods that combine analytic models to bootstrap Deep Learning models, where data and code is exchanged via the Cloud using emerging advances in cloud computing and big data. I'll present our lab's work on the Dexterity Network (Dex-Net), an emerging New Wave approach that allows robots to grasp a broad range of novel objects.

  • Beyond the Uncanny Valley: Art, Fear, and Fascination with Technology

  • Robots in the Garden: How Robots Can Boost Agriculture

    For over 10,000 years, humans have worked to understand and control the complexity of plants. As the climate changes and a growing population seeks fresh and healthy nutrition, how can robots be used in agriculture? This talk will review recent progress including John Deere's use of drones to fine-tune fertilizer delivery and EarthSense mobile robots that roll beneath leaf canopies to closely monitor plant properties that optimize breeding. I'll share results from RAPID, a USDA-sponsored project developing Robot Assisted Precision Irrigation Delivery, and two projects that incorporate art and research: TeleGarden (1995) where over 100,000 people remotely collaborated to tend a living garden, and AlphaGarden (2020), where simulation and measurements from a living garden are being combined to train a robot to sustain a diverse polyculture garden. This talk will raise provocative questions about the AI Revolution in the context of the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions.

  • A Radically Hopeful Vision for Humans, Artificial Intelligence, and Robots

    The Covid-19 pandemic puts into context the headlines about AI and robots stealing jobs, replacing drivers, doctors, laborers, and lawyers AI and Robots are not an existential threat to humans. Counter to the views of many experts, I argue that a more likely outcome is "Complementarity," where AI and robots complement human skills, allowing humans to focus on what we do best: dexterity, creativity, intuition, empathy, and communication. I'll share results from my research in robotics and our recent global study suggesting how AI and robots could lead to a more productive and inclusive future for humans. Illustrated with images and video, this presentation will address: 1) What Isn’t New, 2) What Is New, to 3), How We Can Prepare.

Ken Goldberg News

  • Ken Goldberg makes surgical robots that can learn

    Engineer and artist Ken Goldberg talks about the future of cloud-educated robots as well as his current work developing surgical robots that can learn in a recent interview with Humans Invent. Goldberg thinks that robots will be able to learn by drawing on information stored in the cloud, saying “just in the same way as humans as a species are getting smarter because we are able to share...

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All American Entertainment (AAE) exclusively represents the interests of talent buyers, and does not claim to be the agency or management for any speaker or artist on this site. AAE is a talent booking agency for paid events only. We do not handle requests for donation of time or media requests for interviews, and cannot provide celebrity contact information.

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