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Hai Nguyen
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We are Mayfield! And we're here to recruit you :)

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yay plotly! I've finally found a sensible plotting library for ipython notebooks, and seaborn picks pretty colors too so I don't have to keep running to web-based color scheme generators :D

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Adorable rats trained and selectively bred to predict futures! I once had an idea that instead of making search and rescue robots, we would instead use trained rats, who are perfect at crawling through debris. But this is clearly a better use : )

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Since Mark and I have taken up sailing (all of one lesson so far!), we've been talking about ways to make sailboats better. Naturally, I wanted to turn them into robots, attaching sensors and actuators. He, being an aerohead, wanted to attach airplane wings. 

Well, it turns out that wings are a great idea! People have been using them to set speed sailing records for a few years now. AND they look AMAZING on boats. For example, this boat, the Macquarie Innovation, clocking at 50 knots or 57 mph, looks like it flew out of Star Wars.

Now, imagine this speedster autonomous!
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Cynthia Breazeal does some amazing work! I love the idea of using offset rotational degrees-of-freedom to convey stereotypical "dancing" motions.

And I've always thought that screens, compared to motorized eyes and mouths, make for much better robot "faces". They're easier to build, cheaper, more robust, and more useful and it gets away from the cargo-culty idea of how robots should look "human" to convey emotions.

Now if only this guy had a mobile base!

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"Dyer's suggests that one reason we have so much pent-up aggression over cute pictures is that seeing something cute, like a baby, drives us to want to take care of it. But we can't reach through a photograph to cuddle it, so we get frustrated -- and then aggressive."

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Master has given Hai a hood! Hai is freeee!!!

Backstory: we were lucky enough to have had our picture taken by GT's press photographer (not the regular sucky "professional" one) at graduation.
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Mark is much much better at spotting underwater animals (and $50 dollar bills) than I am.  Maybe this will give me an edge finally. Yay for color coded critters :)

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Telepresence cat toy :D
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