I am proud to announce that I am speaking at Hope Number Nine in New York City

My talk is on the Friday July 13, at 22:00 in the Nutt room on the 18th floor of Hotel Pennsylvania

This is what EFF has to say about HOPE Number Nine:

“Hackers On Planet Earth (HOPE), one of the most creative and diverse hacker events in the world. HOPE Number Nine will be taking place on July 13, 14, and 15, 2012 at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City. Several EFF staffers from the legal, tech, and activism teams will be giving presentations. Stop by the EFF booth at HOPE for an invite to our Speakeasy meetup at a secret location on Friday night. Here is a round-up of talks you should make sure not to miss. …”

This is my talk summary:

“No Natural Resources Were Hurt Assembling This Sofa”

This talk is an introduction and overview of a new and exciting field in robotics called Self Reconfiguring Modular Robotics (SRCMR). SRCMR is basically about modules, like Lego pieces, that can assemble themselves into anything you want (self reconfigure). You will hear how this makes a prosperous, growing, and environmentally friendly world accessible for all of us. This is possible because the stuff you need is assembled from the same modules, again and again, using no resources other than small amounts of energy. This drastically reduces the resources we use, and de-couples growth and environmental problems. Because the modules are programmable, SRCMR will also make the world completely hackable, introducing many interesting opportunities and challenges.

My presentation will include a Q&A, so if you are in NYC and have a question regarding Self Reconfiguring Modular Robotics I would love it if you came by!

And you are naturally welcome to ask questions about robotics in general too, as I am fortunate enough to meet many excellent researchers when interviewing roboticists for the Robots podcast.

See you soon in NYC!

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