I would not have accomplished such progress had it not been for those who went before me. A special thanks for the work of so many.
Everyone at the Dartmouth AI Conference of 1956. The summer conference to “solve” the AI problem—That’s what started it all.
Wabot – 1 from Waseda University in 1973. The first life-sized humanoid robot. From the first time I laid eyes on it, I was inspired. As well as Wabot – 2.
The MIT Leg Lab
Stanford’s Dexterous Manipulation Lab:
TEME, Centre for Mechanical Technology and Automation
Dante II from the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University
Dante’s motion control and laser pinpointing systems were crucial milestones for my own designs.
But most of all, Newton.
(be sure to check out Robo Sapiens, MITP, ISBN 0-262-13382-2)