Hans Moravec has spent his entire career researching robotic automation. He served as a director of the Mobile Robot Lab at the Robotics Institute of Carnegie Mellon University—he’s still an adjunct faculty member there. Moravec also invented “evidence grid technology,” which uses information from cameras and stores it in a 3-D grid fashion, which can display objects in a room. He was also an early transhumanist, pre-Nick Bostrom. Oh, and he also taught Chris Urmson, the head of Google’s self-driving car efforts.