第七问:硅谷有个神秘的生存研究中心?
72问皮埃罗 / 硅谷的秘密
第七问:硅谷有个神秘的生存研究中心?

第七问:硅谷有个神秘的生存研究中心?

导语:

感谢大家订阅皮埃罗·斯加鲁菲(Piero Scaruffi)的钛媒体72问.知识专栏《硅谷的秘密》。我是今天的提问者赵何娟。上节课,皮埃罗先生讲到了机器人最早是为底特律发明的,却在硅谷突然变得异常强大,硅谷喜欢机器人,机器人的酷爱文化无处不在,并且提到了 一个特殊的组织名字“生存研究中心”。这个组织是干嘛的呢?这一课皮埃罗就来讲了讲这个新奇的生存研究中心。

皮埃罗:

I don’t know how to call them. Artists? Engineers? I don’t know. They liked to build machines, robots basically that were performing for the public. So it was a show, it was a show with these machines were typically would make a lot of noise, collide, explode, burn. By the way the idea of Burning Man, these machines were burning, and the early Burning Man festival, most of the machines were made by people who were at the Survival Research Labs. So this was happening and this was very popular in San Francisco. Because there were a lot in those buildings in those days in the seventies and eighties there were a lot of empty buildings in San Francisco.

我也不知道如何称呼这个研究所,他们算是艺术家?还是工程师?他们喜欢设计能够为公众服务的机器人,他们制作的机器有的可以吓跑鸟类。这个想法叫做Burning Man。早期的火人节机器人就是有这个实验室完成的。旧金山一度很流行火人节,因为在70,80年代,旧金山还有很多的空房子。

It was not a rich city, it was poor. So they were trying to become something else all these empty buildings. Young people were organizing rock music, crazy parties and this kind of shows with machines, colliding and destroying and making a lot of noise. These people actually kept robotics a live now there are people now who one is Ken Goldberg the UC Berkeley were attending and contributing to the Survivor Research Labs shows. 

那时候,旧金山不是发达城市,还只是一个港口。旧金山的年轻人会在空房子里面开摇滚派对,把机器人带到空房子里,制造噪音。实际上,就是这些年轻人在做机器人,所以旧金山的机器人技术才没有消失。其中比较著名的Ken Goldberg来自加州大学柏克莱分校,他为生存研究所做了很多的工作。

So actually if you just look at the science you see robotics a deserter nothing for twenty years and the robotics again but if you consider the whole of society it should there always was something there and guess what they are very creative they were not trying to make a protease it there was no venture capital it was no government it was just a bunch of kids having fun.

如果你只观察硅谷那20年间所做出的机器人技术,你会发现硅谷在机器人领域并没有什么成就。但是在此期间,硅谷的社会却喜欢玩机器人。所以说硅谷文化很特别。你会发现,硅谷的人都很有创意。他们做出了机器人,却没有想把它当作是商品去销售。当时还没有风险投资,也没有政府扶持,他们只是一群想要玩机器人的孩子。

That's one of the stories I can tell you. When you have art and technology and science getting together you don't get a great product but you get a lot of creativity and so I feel that creativity is very important it's difficult to measure it is difficult if you ask me, okay how much did the Survivor Research Labs contribute to the GDP of the bay area? Probably zero. There’s no money comes out of that. How much it contributed to the creativity of the place? Probably a lot, and that creativity eventually became robotic companies and who knows? 

这是我想要说的科学与艺术相结合的故事。你不会想要做出一件商品,但在这个过程当中你会创造出新的东西。所以我觉得创造性很重要,你很难量化创造性。我也说不准生存研究所到底为硅谷的GDP做出了多少贡献。这不是金钱的问题。如果你要问生存研究所为硅谷的创造性做出了什么贡献,我可以说有很大的贡献,他们给后人的启发,最终成就了现在的机器人公司。

By the way today there are still a lot of independent robot builders still a lot. And I invite them to speak at the lasers I invited them to exhibit at the last festival at the not his very last one but the previews last festival we had a robot that shake hands and it was built by an independent ,not by big company we had the robotic makes bubbles in a soap bubbles. The children of course loved them, and there was built by an independent . So actually we still have probably hundreds of people who build robots in their garage that's the real Silicon Valley. Probably ninety nine percent of them would fail I mean fail they will have a lot of fun not fail but they would not make money but maybe one of them right now is building the robbers of the future or is coming up with idea for the robotics. 

现在硅谷还有很多独立的机器人发明家。我邀请过他们到LASER发言,也邀请过他们去参加其他的活动。在上次活动,我们请到了一个会握手的机器人。这个机器人不是大公司做的,而是独立的发明家创作的。我们有可以吹泡泡的机器人,当然了,孩子们都很喜欢这种机器人。当时都是独立发明家在做这些机器人。大概有上百人在自家车库里,研究和发明机器人。这才是真正的硅谷!虽然在这些发明家中,99%的人都会失败,也赚不了钱,但他们很享受这个过程。但是可能有1%的发明家就在打造未来所需要的机器人,或者说他们也在构思未来机器人的理念。

To me school going back to school because I started with school, right? So, school, yeah, should teach how to build a robot should teach the math the mathematics that you need to operate the robot but it should also teach you to be creative. Otherwise you will just jump to your order and design a robot that somebody you designed for you and you would just make a little more of that robot. But if they also teach you creativity you will invent the robots to the future that right now we can't even think of.

所以,我们再回到学校的问题上。学校的教育很重要,学生在校园里学习如何制作机器人,学习数学以及怎么样去操控机器人。但老师要教学生学会创造,否则学生就不能研发出未来需要的机器人。这都是我们现在无法想象的事情。

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  • 回复

    刚看标题“生存研究中心”还以为是生物基因类的。。。。

    2018-05-23 20:40 via iphone
  • 回复

    学会享受,享受自己的工作,这是我今天学的的。

    2018-05-16 07:40 via iphone
  • “一群玩机器人的孩子”这个比喻透着一种年轻的生态,同时让人感到心慌,因为这是我们欠缺的。现在企业为什么要弄这个,就是为了赚钱。

    2018-05-02 12:20 via iphone

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