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.
Teller 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, 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. 
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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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- "France24 - Has Obama Already Won?".
- "France24 - Will The Democratic Convention boost Obama?".
- "France24 - US Elections: The Final Countdown".
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- 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".