We sat down with Dr. Tra Vu, COO of Kambria and engineering professor at NYU, to talk about how to bring AI and robotics to the masses. If that comes true, she points out the broad social impact it would have for disabled children taking classes without physically being at school; seniors connecting with loved ones with the aid of robots; remote workers collaborating with onsite staff; and many other aspects of society.
I am excited about the technology being used for social purposes. That’s why we built consumer-facing applications. Another use case of blockchain technology is that you can have the community drive the direction for the use of this technology. — Tra Vu
Have you always been deeply interested in robotics?
My career has been largely in New York, in civil engineering. The Kambria founders, Thuc Vu and Jared Go, are avid technologists. Thuc got a PhD at Stanford in AI and game theory, while Jared is a research fellow at Stanford. They’ve been buddies since Stanford.
How did you join the blockchain startup world?
I met Thuc, Kambria’s cofounder, at a conference in New York. He shared his vision for Kambria and sought help writing the whitepaper. Though startup was outside my domain, I knew how to pen technical papers. Things just snowballed, and we built up the Kambria team. Then I became the COO.
Full interview: https://medium.com/a-bit-cryptic/how-to-build-a-robotics-and-ai-market-2c9d90dc7bd4