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Photos: Innovation on display at SRI

SRI is a nonprofit that's been instrumental to the development of everything from robotic surgery to the computer mouse.
By Bill Detwiler, Contributor on
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Shakey the Robot

A display of Shakey the Robot, which was developed in SRI's Artificial Intelligence Center from 1966 to 1972. Shakey was the world's first mobile robot with the ability to reason about its surroundings. The actual robot is displayed in the Computer History Musuem in San Jose, Calif.

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robotic surgical system

SRI's robotic surgical system was the first to be cleared by the FDA in the 1990s. Surgeons in the United States, Asia and Europe use the minimally invasive system to help patients recover faster. SRI spun off Intuitive Surgical in 1995.

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Nancy Griffin

Nancy Griffin, a senior security receptionist, greets visitors to SRI's Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters in festive attire.

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Regis Vincent

Regis Vincent, senior computer scientist at SRI's Artificial Intelligence Center, stands in his office at SRI surrounded by robots. His team is working on a robot-to-human interface that could work in controlling a force of autonomous robots, or Centibots, in situations like search and rescue missions or security work. "We want to be able to talk to this robot and say, 'Now go and do what I want you to do.' And it captures your intention," he said.

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