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00100 Artificial Intelligence Lab.
00200 Computer Science Department
00300 Stanford University
00400 Stanford, Calif. 94305
00500 May 20, 1973
00700 Dear Bernie:
00900 My constipation is over- at least for the duration of this
01000 letter. As usual, my excuses are lame so I wont burden you with any.
01100 By now you've heard that I have been travelling around a bit these
01200 past few months...even as far as Japan.
01400 The arm business is growing in leaps and bounds. Everyone is
01500 asking me about arms- both the Stanford arm and the new M.I.T. arm
01600 which has yet to be built and tested. So I'm sort of in the middle
01700 of things now- trying to get some projects completed here at Stanford
01800 and also trying to help out all those other groups who want either my
01900 help or arms. I'm also seriously thinking about the PhD again.
02000 Probably something like an interdisiplinary project involving M.E.,
02100 Comp. Sci.,and I.E. I've talked things over with various people and
02200 they are all encouraging. I was sort of waiting until you got back
02300 before making any final decisions on just what the committee
02400 composition would be or the tentative thesis topic.
02600 Now to the papers I've not written. Yes, I am sure I
02700 have disappointed you again and I make no promises that the same
02800 thing wont happen in the future. I always keep thinking and hoping
02900 that I will be able to draw up realistic schedules and meet them. But
03000 it looks like my general disorganization is an innate part of my
03100 character and a change in this general way of doing things is not
03200 easily made.
03400 I have read your paper and it all looks good to me. Yes, if
03500 you want to, you can use my name on the paper as a co-author. This
03600 makes it the second paper I have the pleasure of co-authoring this
03700 year. J.P.L. wrote one which has been submitted to and accepted at
03800 the A.I. Conference here this summer. I was listed as co-author and
03900 told that my part would be minimal in the writing. Well that's not
04000 how it's turning out. Anyway, if it's not too late, or you haven't
04100 changed your mind, you can use my name. Personally I'm flattered
04200 that you chose to include me in your paper which deals only briefly
04300 with my particular work.
04500 Although I don't think the project will send me over to Italy
04600 for the conference, I am seriously thinking of taking a short leave
04700 and going there myself. Thus there is a good chance that I will be
04800 there, paper or not. Speaking of trips and travel, the A.I. Project
04900 is 10 years old now and a new contract with ARPA is presently being
05000 negotiated. In the meantime we are spending lots of surplus money on
05100 hardware, trips and travel before the June 15 anniversary date. ARPA
05200 is getting out of the robot business, but it looks like we will get
05300 at least two more years of funding for work in this area . We are
05400 also pretty certain of an industrial automation grant from NSF which
05500 should be comming through by the end of the year. SRI has gotten
05600 screwed a bit. ARPA is not going to give them any money for
05700 robotics, so they are frantically searching for an alternative
05800 project to let ARPA fund. Luckily, they do have a large industrial
05900 automation grant from NSF to tide them over for a while. I've been
06000 working there one day a week helping them to develop a proposal for a
06100 new and advanced Shakey. It will use at least one of my M.I.T. arms
06200 if the present plans go through. I have also gone down to 80% time
06300 here at the A.I. Lab. so that I can push thru the details of the
06400 M.I.T. arm without causing too many cries of conflict of interest.
06600 I assume you will be back shortly, and we will be able to
06700 talk more then.