Would you like to drive a prototype moon rover?
We created that experience this past January. It's 3 AM in Pittsburgh, and Andy is sitting on a simulated Moon landing site. Halfway around the world, an audience in Davos, Switzerland, is handed the controls.
To make this experience authentic, we simulated a lunar terrain and then hand the audience the controls. It's close to what Andy's operators will actually experience when it lands on the Moon.
Andy, Carnegie Mellon's prototype Moon rover, is a competitor in the Google Lunar XPrize. But, more than that, Andy represents a bold next step in Carnegie Mellon's vision of our future.
Going into space is risky, complicated, and expensive. Returning human explorers safely to Earth, even more so. Through robotics we can experience and explore our universe, looking for places to live and resources to use, in ways that we couldn't otherwise. Going where it is dangerous for humans, robots act as our eyes and ears.
Robots are expanding our experience. We explore volcanoes, diagnose old infrastructure, wade through nuclear accidents, rescue miners, and see the ocean floor, all accomplished safely with the help of our remote, robotic explorers. Here at Carnegie Mellon, we call this practice Integrated Intelligence, and we’re leading the way to this bright future.
What we're making here is the future of humanity and robotics. Going, together, to explore and expand our universe.