Book review: Influence by Robert Cialdini

Feb. 15, 2021
 
 

Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion by Robert Cialidini describes what are the mechanisms that make us become influenced by other people. The book is full of anecdotes, experiments and stories about the six principles of persuasion: reciprocation, commitment and consistency, social proof, liking, authority and scarcity. What follows is a summary of the key ideas of the book.

 
 

Technology Is Reducing The Cost Of Education

Jan. 17, 2021
 
 

Technology is transforming education dramatically. With rising college costs in the US and Europe, many students face the challenge of going into debt to earn a college degree. Fortunately, the EdTech industry has developed remarkably in recent years, reducing costs and increasing learning opportunities for more people.

 
 

10 Reasons why AI has developed faster than Robotics

Aug. 20, 2020
 
 

In the last ten years, we have witnessed an explosion in the field of artificial intelligence. AI is everywhere around us, on our computers, our mobiles, our cars. However, a field closely related to AI, robotics, has not developed as much. This post aims to shed some light on some of the reasons why AI has developed much faster than robotics.

 
 

A Gentle Introduction to Contextual Bandits

April 1, 2020
 
 

Contextual bandits are a simplified type of reinforcement learning algorithm that use contextual information about the environment to make decisions in real-time and require reward at every step. They can be used for applications such as news recommendation, ads placement on a website, financial portfolio design to name a few. In this post, we give an overview of contextual bandits and explain how they can be used.

 
 

ASROB 10th anniversary

Dec. 31, 2019
 
 

This year 2019, was the 10th anniversary of ASROB, the robotic student society at the University Carlos III in Madrid. It is exciting to see that the organization is still thriving, that new students are joining it and that many projects are being developed. In this post we review the history of the organization and reflect on the reasons for its success.