Preparation Tech: David Hanson on Art + Human-Like Robots

September 16, 2023 0 Comments

Do you know a kid who is crazy about the giant animated robots at theme parks? Or who is fascinated by cyborgs and human-like robots?

Studying robotics can lead to a career in many areas, including but not limited to animatronics, engineering, design, game design, medicine, and education. Sculpture, animation, cognitive science, material science, computer science, AI, and programming are just some of the fields which intersect with robotics.

David Hanson, CEO of Hanson Robotics, is one of the world’s leading experts in social robotics. (Watch Sophia, his most famous robot, sing a duet with Jimmy Fallon on ‘The Tonight Show’. Fastforward to 6:55.)

A self-described dreamer, he studied a combination of arts, science and technology in high school, university, and design school before joining Disney as a sculptor and working with some of the top AI and robotics experts in the world.

His advice to parents, teachers, and school guidance counselors:

  • help kids identify and gain critical skills through extracurricular activities
  • help kids create personalized study paths in school focused on combining the arts, math, science, and technology

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