Astro Teller in 2008
May 29, 1970
Cambridge, England, UK
|Residence||San Francisco, CA, USA|
|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|
Early life and education
Astro Teller was born Eric Teller in Cambridge, England. He is the grandson of both Gérard Debreu and Edward Teller. 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 Ph.D. 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, Teller became a business executive.
He is the co-founder and Chairman of BodyMedia, makers of the "BodyMedia FIT", "Bodybugg", and the "Sensewear" armbands (wearable devices that function as a dashboard for the human body; measuring sleep, perspiration, motion, and calories burned).
In May 2001, he was featured on NPR's All Things Considered, discussing how the good economy has shaped the attitudes of 30-year-olds towards their jobs.
As of May 2014 and since 2010, Teller has been working as "Captain of Moonshots", directing Google X laboratories  where a "moonshot" is a long-term project to solve a problem with a radical (often futuristic) solution. Projects at Google[x] include Google Glass, Google driverless car, Google Contact Lens, and Project Loon. Google[x] also spun its project called Genie out into a stand alone business in 2012.
Astro is a published author with Random House. His fiction novel, Exegesis, was published in 1997. It was translated into Dutch, Japanese, Danish, German, Italian, and Greeklish.
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. 
His definition of Artificial Intelligence ("the science of how to get machines to do the things they do in movies") was quoted in Ray Kurzweil's book, The Age of Spiritual Machines.
- Murphy, Victoria (June 6, 2005). "Mavericks: Future Teller". Forbes. Archived from the original on 9 April 2009. Retrieved 2009-03-24.
- The Hertz Foundation provides financial and fellowship support to remarkable PhD students in the physical, biological and engineering sciences. http://www.hertzfoundation.org/
- Lemly, Brad. "Discover Magazine: TEDMED".
- "The Mother of Invention".
- "Cerebellum Capital - Directors & Advisors".
- Interview on NPR's All Things Considered "Thirty Years Old".
- "TEDMED - Past Speakers".
- "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.
- "Bio: Astro Teller", astroteller.net
- Grossman, David (24 January 2014). "Secret Google lab 'rewards staff for failure'". News: Technology (BBC). Retrieved 25 January 2014.
- 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".
- Ray Kurzweil - The Age of Spiritual Machines, Chapter 4.