Friday, October 10, 2008

Inspiring Inventor: Yoshiyuki Sankai


(pic via gizmodo.)

Yoshiyuki Sankai is the inventor of the HAL-5 robotic exoskeleton, as well as a lover of humanity and Peace.

MIT recently ran a profile on him containing this delightful little paragraph:

"Sankai has said one of his aims is to create technologies that are designed for the benefit of humankind, rather than for destructive purposes. He refused, for example, an offer from the Department of Defense in Washington, D.C., to work on a robot for military use and declined a similar offer from the government of South Korea. He followed through with plan to commercialize his HAL product via a venture firm he established through the University of Tsukuba called Cyberdyne, Inc. and continues to plow ahead with his research endeavors."
Wow. When offered gobs of money and teams of underlings, he turned it down in favor of postponing the inevitable use of his technology to harm other humans. What a wonderful man.

Professor Sankai, your positivity has practically forced us to dust off the long-unused SuperForest Good Person Award!



You've more than earned it, good sir.
SuperForesters! Send some good energy into the ether for Professor Sankai! The world needs more like him.

Love to All,

Jackson and Team SuperForest

1 comment:

carla said...

It's nice to see that Yoshiyuki is as smart as he is stylish, I think he deserves the "SF Good Person Award" simply for those rockin' glasses!