Space Mining Event

Written on November 8, 2018 by Campus Life in Other Activities

In collaboration with three other campus clubs at IE Business School (Technology & Innovation, Air & Space, and Energy), the AI Club hosted James Murray, the co-founder of OffWorld, on November 5th. The company’s mission is to build a generation of industrial robots to enable human expansion beyond Earth. The company prides themselves on their competitive advantage of building robotics on an industrial scale, something that is crucial for the successful expansion to other planets.

The robotic machines learn with the help of human teachers and millions of simulations (aka supervised learning). The robots gain experience from experiments done in hostile environments on Earth and these learnings are applied for future design geared towards planetary expansion.

In his presentation, Murray emphasized the importance of reducing the ‘heavy lifting’ done by humans and being able to alleviate this pain point with the robotic workforce. Some of the tasks that these AI enabled machines are expected to perform while on another planet include extracting water ice and materials, processing water to be drinkable, making rocket propell

ant, manufacturing solar cells, and eventually replicating themselves using the OffWorld chips.

The company’s goal is to expand human civilization outside of Earth, but they also believe their technology will have many useful applications on Earth, for example in autonomous mining, self-repairing cities, and manufacturing.

Each of the four clubs had the opportunity to ask Murray three questions on behalf of the club. Pictured here, Sabrina Mirtcheva, asks James Murray questions on behalf of the AI Club.

Without a doubt, the universe is filled with an abundant amount of elements that can be harnessed for the survival and progression of the human species!

If you would like to learn more about OffWorld, you can visit their website here.

Also, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram @ieaiclub and stay tuned for futured events!

Blog post by Betty Yunlei Lu, President of IE AI Club


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