I’m back in my robot-driven chair.
I’m in a lab in the basement of a small building in the heart of San Francisco.
It’s a small, quiet room with no windows, and I’m alone with a whiteboard full of data.
I have my eyes fixed on the whiteboard.
The numbers below it are labeled with my own names.
I don’t know what I’m looking at, or what to make of them.
I keep scrolling through the numbers until I come to the first one.
It says “1.”
The second one says “5.”
The third says “10.”
The fourth says “15.”
The fifth says “25.”
Then the fifth.
That’s how many robots I’ve built in the last three months.
But the numbers don’t tell the whole story.
As I work through the data, I start to understand why I’m here.
I started with a blank slate.
I had no idea what I wanted to build.
But then I stumbled across a great project I had been meaning to do for a long time.
A robot I had built.
A few years ago.
And after a lot of experimentation, I finally built it.
This is the story of how it happened.
In this video, I talk to one of the guys behind the project.
We discuss the inspiration behind the robot, what it took to build it, and why he decided to go with a computer instead of a human.
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