Astro Teller in 2008
29 May 1970
|Residence||San Francisco, CA, US|
|Alma mater||Stanford University
Carnegie Mellon University
|Thesis||Algorithm evolution with internal reinforcement for signal understanding (1998)|
|Doctoral advisor||Manuela M. Veloso|
|Notable awards||Hertz fellowship|
Astro Teller (born Eric Teller; 29 May 1970) is an entrepreneur, scientist, and author, with expertise in the field of intelligent technology.
Early life and education
Teller was born in Cambridge, England and raised in Evanston, Illinois. He is the son of Paul Teller, who was an instructor in the philosophy of science at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Chantal DeSoto, a buyer and clothing designer for Sears who later became a teacher of gifted children. His grandparents include both French economist and mathematician Gérard Debreu and Hungarian-born American theoretical physicist Edward Teller. He received the nickname "Astro" after high school friends compared his flat-top haircut to AstroTurf, and reportedly had the image of cartoon dog Astro from The Jetsons painted on his car door in college.
Teller holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Stanford University, Masters of Science in symbolic computation (symbolic and heuristic computation), also from Stanford University, and a PhD in artificial intelligence from Carnegie Mellon University, where he was a recipient of the prestigious Hertz fellowship. After working as a teacher at Stanford University, he became a business executive.
Teller is the co-founder and Chairman of BodyMedia, makers of the "BodyMedia FIT", "Bodybugg", and the "Sensewear" armbands (wearable devices that measure sleep, perspiration, motion, and calories burned).
In May 2001, Teller was featured on NPR's All Things Considered, discussing how the good economy has shaped the attitudes of 30-year-olds towards their jobs.
Since 2010, Teller has been directing Google X laboratories. Projects at Google X include Google Glass, Google driverless car, Google Contact Lens, and Project Loon. Google X spun its project called Genie out into a stand-alone business in 2012.
His second book, a non-fiction work examining society's attitudes about marriage and divorce entitled Sacred Cows, was published by Diversion Books in 2014 and he gave a 2014 TEDxBoston talk on the book.
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- The Hertz Foundation provides financial and fellowship support to remarkable PhD students in the physical, biological and engineering sciences. http://www.hertzfoundation.org/
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- "The Mother of Invention" (PDF).
- "Cerebellum Capital – Directors & Advisors".
- Interview on NPR's All Things Considered "Thirty Years Old".
- "TEDMED – Past Speakers".
- "SXSW – 2013 Keynote".
- "idea City – Past Speakers".
- "France24 – Has Obama Already Won?".
- "France24 – Will The Democratic Convention boost Obama?".
- "France24 – US Elections: The Final Countdown".
- "googles-solve-x". The Economist. 29 February 2012.
- Gertner, John, "The Truth About Google X: An Exclusive Look Behind The Secretive Lab's Closed Doors", Fast Company magazine, May 2014 issue.
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- Lunden, Ingrid, "Flux Emerges From Google X And Nabs $8M To Help Build Eco-Friendly Buildings", TechCrunch online, May 2014.
- Random House: "Exegesis by Astro Teller".
- "Exegesis – Dutch Translation".
- "Exegesis – Japanese Translation".
- "Exegesis – Danish Translation".
- "Exegesis – German Translation".
- "Exegesis – Italian Translation".
- Diversion Books: "Sacred Cows by Danielle Teller and Astro Teller".
- TEDxBoston: "TEDx talk about Sacred Cows".