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Cutting-Edge Robotics Research at the Wyss Institute

  Flying robots. Crawling robots. Swarming robots. Soft robots. Wearable robots. All of these robotic types are in development at the Harvard-based Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering. The Wyss (pronounced “veese”) Institute was established in 2009 from a $125 million gift from Swiss entrepreneur Hansjorg Wyss, who earned a Harvard M.B.A. in 1965. At … Continue reading

Techno-Optimism: Everything Will Get Better

Imagine that, within the next couple of decades, worldwide living standards will have risen enough to end to dire poverty and material scarcity. Humanity will enter an era of bountiful food, endless clean water, inexhaustible cheap energy, greatly extended human longevity, exponentially improved communications and education. Such is the optimistic view presented in the just-published … Continue reading

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