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Episode Info: Researcher Nathan Melenbrink on his research on simple robots, teaching, his efforts to bring news neutrality to the internet, liking new things, acquiring taste, and much more. Nathan is a Fellow in Computer Science at the Wyss Institute, where his research focuses on swarm robotics for construction. He has taught courses related to design, computation, robotics and CAD/CAM at institutions such as MIT, Virginia Tech, and the University of Hong Kong, and is currently an Adjunct Professor at Northeastern University. His industry experience as an architect and computational designer includes offices such as UNStudio, Playze, and ECADI. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Virginia Tech and a Masters in Design Studies in Technology from Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design. He is a Doctoral Candidate at the Institute for Computational Design and Construction at the University of Stuttgart. Connect with Nathan at nathanmelenbrink.com and at @_n804 on Instagram. Links TheRecord.org Harvard University Harvard GSD Wyss Institute Self-Organizing Systems Research Group ICD, University of Stuttgart NuVu Swarm robotics ROB|ARCH conference UNStudio Expat packages So Good They Can't Ignore You by Cal Newport. Zugzwang 12 Rules for Life: An Antidote to Chaos by Jordan B. Peterson Romu: A Robot for Environmental Protection Wyss Institute lays some groundwork to protect the environment with robots People mentioned Saeed Arida Saba Ghole David Wang Rhadika Nagpal Justin Werfel Mark Zuckerberg Cal Newport Michael Jordan Barry Gabay Jiyoo Jye Elon Musk Jordan B. Peterson Nathan King Episode notes Intro. [0:00] Who is Nathan Melenbrink? A brief introduction to Nathan's career. [0:32] Teaching gives Nathan an immediate satisfaction of imparting students with knowledge of some kind, and enabled him to do robotics at a more advanced level. [3:21] What is NuVu? Learn about the teaching model of this innovation school, how its founders conceived it, and how it is growing. [5:42] Teaching international robotics workshops to young students. [9:45] Nathan's academic research on swarm robotics as part of the Self-organizing Systems Research Group (SSRG) at Harvard University ran by Professor Rhadika Nagpal and Justin Werfel. [11:34] What's role of swarm robots in design automation, architecture, and the built environment? [13:10] How will automation, artificial intelligence, and better software affect our work life? [14:32] "Robots replace tasks, not jobs." How are the tasks that compose professional jobs are going to change? [17:01] What tasks have already been replaced by software? [18:21] Is automation (say, consumer robotics for off-loading tedious chores) going to have a transformative impact on our lifestyle? [19:46] Who is going to profit from automation? Nathan's main reason to be interested in technology is its promise to make people's life better, but he argues something is wrong with the...
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