Partnership will drive the mainstream adoption of artificial intelligence
Spokane, Wash., January 24, 2013: Next IT, the world’s leading provider of Intelligent Virtual Assistants (IVAs), is pleased to announce a partnership with robotics pioneer and former NASA astronaut Dan Barry. Dr. Barry’s passion for exploring new ways artificial intelligence can serve humanity will speed Next IT’s quest to change the way technology interacts with the world.
“There are few technologies in existence today that have a greater potential to impact our lives than artificial intelligence. But to turn that potential into reality, we must warm people up to the idea of letting AI-driven technologies into their everyday lives – whether in the form of virtual assistants or robots,” said Barry. “Next IT Intelligent Virtual Assistants offer a critical component to furthering the wide-spread adoption of artificial intelligence; they are capable of building trust and putting people at ease with AI interactions.”
Dr. Barry is an accomplished biomedical researcher and engineer whose work has been supported by the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the Grass Foundation, and the American Heart Association of Michigan. He’s the founder of Denbar Robotics, a creator of robotic assistants for home and commercial use that concentrates on assistive devices for people with disabilities. He also co-founded 9th Sense, which designs and builds telepresence robots. He serves as chair for Space and Physical Sciences and co-chair for AI and Robotics at Singularity University.
“There are tremendous synergies between us in terms of intelligent machines,” said Denise Caron, Chief Technology Officer at Next IT. “Next IT benefits greatly from having Dr. Barry join our advisory board; his reputation for courage and innovation is truly inspiring. Together, we will help to drive critical advancements in the fields of computer science and artificial intelligence – some of which have the potential to change everything that we know about how we interact with technology and the role that it will play in our future.”
Dr. Barry's background includes a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Cornell University, a master of engineering degree and a Master of Arts degree in electrical engineering/computer science from Princeton University, a doctorate in electrical engineering/computer science from Princeton University, and a doctorate in medicine from the University of Miami. His career as a NASA astronaut included three space flights, four spacewalks, and two trips to the International Space Station.