Marc Raibert

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Marc Raibert (born December 22, 1949) is a former Carnegie Mellon University and MIT professor who founded the CMU Leg Lab in 1980, moved it to MIT in 1986, and continued to direct it through 1995. He founded Boston Dynamics, a simulation and robotics company in 1992. Raibert developed the first self-balancing hopping robots, a significant step forward in robotics. [1][2] Raibert earned a BSEE from Northeastern University in 1973 and a Ph.D from MIT in 1977. His dissertation is entitled "Motor control and learning by the state space model".[3]

Raibert skirts questions of ethics with the observation that he is simply "an engineer who builds robots". "I’ve been thinking about this, and I’m not sure that I have the answer yet".[4] His dream is to advance bipedal and quadrupedal robotics to a supernatural state.[5] Boston Dynamics was acquired by Google in December 2013. On the acquisition, Raibert commented that he was "excited by Andy Rubin and Google’s ability to think very, very big... with the resources to make it happen."[6]

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Several of the MIT Leg Lab robots appear in the movie Rising Sun.

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