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Talking about Intelligence at the SETI Institute

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A few weeks ago I had the pleasure of presenting at the SETI Institute. SETI == Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence — so a very fitting place to share my ideas on human intelligence, how that relates to motion, our bodies, tensegrity structures, robotics, and how we are applying those ideas to create new robots to explore other planets. It was a fun talk and a great audience, and it was recorded, so you can watch it!

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Presenting Tensegrity Research at NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Symposium

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Today I just presented our ongoing research into a Tensegrity based lander and planetary exploration robot at the NASA Innovative Advanced Concepts (NIAC) Symposium. NIAC is supporting this research and it has been a great conference full of exciting future looking concepts that will change the future of space exploration. This is a great overview of our current work, and my talk starts at 29:15 into the video below.

Watch live streaming video from niac2014 at livestream.com

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Two Papers accepted to the International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA) 2014

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I’m really excited to share the news that two tensegrity robotics papers from our lab have been accepted to ICRA 2014!

Thanks to all the hard work of authors — these were written at the end of a wildly productive summer here in the Dynamic Tensegrity Robotics Lab.

Jeffrey Michael Friesen, Alexandra Pogue, Thomas Bewley, Mauricio de Oliveira, Robert E. Skelton, Vytas SunSpiral, “A Compliant Tensegrity Robot for Exploring Duct Systems”, To Appear in Proceedings of International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Hong Kong, 2014

Jonathan Bruce, Ken Caluwaerts, Atil Iscen, Vytas SunSpiral, “Design and Evolution of a Modular Tensegrity Robot Platform”, To Appear in Proceedings of International Conference on Robotics and Automation (ICRA), Hong Kong, 2014

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Tensegrity Robotics Goes Viral

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Wow! It has been an interesting couple of weeks!
Back on Dec. 23rd IEEE Spectrum published an interview with us on our “SuperBall Bot” – a tensegrity robot for Landing and Planetary Exploration. From there the news went viral and was covered by around 60 media outlets around the world! The original IEEE blog post was well written and based on a direct interview with us. The other media…. Well, lets just say that it was an excellent lesson in the horrible quality of science reporting. There were some excellent pieces here and there where folks had done actual research and dug up information on our project from our past papers and this blog (thank you!) — but much of the news coverage was wildly inaccurate — with factual inventions which were then copied and repeated by others.

Here is the video interview that was associated with the IEEE blog. This is a great video, and I’m glad it is available to share. In the first two weeks it was viewed about 280,000 times. neat!

For the fun of it, here are some of the other media articles that we found. I had to stop eventually, so I know this is an incomplete list.

1.
Source: Los Angeles Times SCIENCE
Date: December 30, 2013, 4:58 p.m.
Title: NASA ‘super ball bot’ could one day bounce onto Saturn’s moon Titan
URL:http://www.latimes.com/science/sciencenow/la-sci-sn-nasa-super-ball-bot-explore-saturn-moon-titan-20131230,0,7804795.story#axzz2p0sLVqh0

2.
Source: Huffington Post
Date: Posted: 12/29/2013 12:20 pm EST | Updated: 12/30/2013 2:27 pm EST
Title: Will NASA’s New Squishy ‘Super Ball Bot’ Be Next To ‘Dance’ On Saturn’s Moon?
URL: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/12/29/nasa-squishy-super-ball-bot-video_n_4509688.html
(French Version URL: http://www.huffingtonpost.fr/2013/12/27/super-ball-bo-etrange-futur-robot-nasa-titan_n_4508164.html)
(Title: Super Ball Bot : l’étrange futur robot de la Nasa qui pourrait aller sur Titan)

3.
Source: The Atlantic
Date: DEC 30 2013, 11:27 AM ET
Title: NASA’s Next Rover May Be This Crazy Walking Sphere
URL: http://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2013/12/nasas-next-rover-may-be-this-crazy-walking-sphere/282707/

4.
Source: IT Wire
Title: NASA developing Super Ball Bots for robotic exploration
Date: 30 December 2013
URL: http://www.itwire.com/science-news/space/62710-nasa-developing-super-ball-bots-for-robotic-exploration

5.
Source: International Science Times
Date: December 27, 2013 4:51 PM EST
Title: ‘Super Ball Bot’ Rover: NASA’s Crazy Wheel-Free Robot Could Bounce Around Planets One Day
URL: http://www.isciencetimes.com/articles/6586/20131227/nasa-wheel-free-rover-super-ball-bot.htm

6.
Source: Phys.org
Date: Dec 28, 2013
Title: NASA team studies ball bot as future space explorer
URL: http://phys.org/news/2013-12-nasa-team-ball-bot-future.html

7.
Source: Science Recorder
Date: December 29, 2013
Title: NASA’s Super Ball Bot to conquer space exploration
URL: http://www.sciencerecorder.com/news/nasas-super-ball-bot-to-conquer-space-exploration/

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