Human-Centered Robotics. 

A major theme in the recent political discourse centers around the perceived impact of robots and automation on the labor force. Putting aside the rhetoric, the relationship between human activity and robotics will indeed inform the future of human jobs, and the direction of technological innovation in the coming decades. 

But the success of robotics depends on how well they situate into human environments. Autonomy has made enormous strides in the past decade, but before we see complete autonomy, and perhaps even after, engineers and other technologists will need to further develop the field of human-centered robotics. When it comes to robots navigating through human environments, we are only just beginning. The new frontier is designing the rules and relationships between people, robots, and the infrastructure we've created. To get there, we'll need to develop better sensors and software, while thinking of new ways to architect systems.

We believe that the game of chess provides an example of the opportunity ahead. Robotics mirrors the interplay we saw in the late 1990's, where humans and machines vyed for the title of ultimate chess master. While machines came out the clear victor in 1:1 play, the strongest players now are the hybrid teams of human and machine. Perhaps the future isn't as dystopian as we think. Not man vs. machine, but rather man+machine vs. our greatest challenges.   

This month, we have the pleasure of co-hosting our dinner with Josh Elman, partner at Greylock Partners and we're joined by Melonee Wise, CEO of Fetch Robotics. With their unique insight, we will draw on their leadership and experience designing, building, and scaling products.  We will focus the dinner discussion around the future of robotics and hardware.


speaker-melonee-wise.pngMelonee Wise
Fetch Robotics 


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6:00pm Welcome Reception
6:30pm Dinner Conversations
8:30pm Program Conclusion

Wednesday, August 23, 2017

325 Pacific Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94111

Participation is by invitation only. We do not accept walk-up requests.
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Pairings is a modern dinner party.

In a world of exponential technological growth, the future comes sooner than you think. Sway Ventures is bringing together influential investors, entrepreneurs, and visionaries for a private dinner focused on the innovations that will influence the future. Our dinners convene investing, business and technology leaders, with a focus on bold, inspiring ideas. At one table, eye-to-eye, we share insights into the trends and transformations reshaping our future. We’ll spotlight specific luminaries at the frontiers of technology, industry, and academia, and uncover hidden opportunities at the edge of the new economy. From artificial intelligence to machine learning, we seek to understand the full impact of digital technologies on the global economy. And while the next seismic shift is difficult to predict, we'll look at how the way we work, organize, build, play and even govern, is going to change, and how we can shape the transformation through capital, innovation, and leadership. 

We begin each evening with drinks and mingling in the main room. Depending on the night, we may have some thought provoking talks or entertaining acts in store. Eventually we seat all of our diners at one long communal table, where our guest chef and their team for that evening, serve and explain each course to the entire dining group at once. They carefully pair that meal with a series of wines or cocktails that match the aesthetic and flavor of the meal. This is a chance to slow down, to savor and interact with a diverse group of peers, and we think it’s worth it for the shared experience this format creates.