Saturday, March 12, 2011
Honda had problems when developing ASIMO, the humanoid robot. They were confronted with extremely difficult challenges in mobility, where ASIMO would need to be able to maneuver between objects in a room and be able to go up and down stairs. They looked to Tonto for answers. For years I had been working on developing a man Friday for my buddy, Harold Jaffe. Things were proceeding to development standards, until Harold snapped and started to believe that he was an evil genius named Admiral Abomination. Despite this set back, Honda still needed my blueprints, which were the key to autonomous interaction with humans.