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Hugh Herr is an associate professor of biometrics at MIT Media Lab,He is the chief technologist of iWalk where they manufacture robotic limbs. He states, "I predict a bionics revolution," Hugh lost had his legs amputated from frostbite after going climbing. He shared that his bionic legs are more useful than his legs when he goes for a climb. He brings up a great point of people returning to work faster with these prosthesis which benefits our economy. Also, there are now online career fairs.
MIT is leading an ambitious new project to reinvent how robots are designed and produced. Funded by a $10 million grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF), the project will aim to develop a desktop technology that would make it possible for the average person to design, customize and print a specialized robot in a matter of hours.
I've always been interested in retro-futuristic style (Steampunk, Future noir) so I decided to create a piece for the genre. Hidden away in an undiscolosed English location , a victorian era battle robot is being built. Only a hand full of people (Scientists, government officials, and a few high society rich folk) get a sneak peak at the unfinished project.