One of the coolest things I ever got to do was tour the robotics lab at Carnegie Mellon University. Here’s the tour unedited. Even gives props to Java and some non-Microsoft development tools. They have some of the coolest people I’ve ever met and the robotics might suprise you (two of the students were building soccer-playing robots on top of Segways, other students were building surgery tools, really great stuff).
This is a great video to run on my last day at Microsoft. Party in building 18 at 4 p.m. Patrick is here helping me clean out my office. I’m filled with emotion. Sadness. Excitement. Terror that I didn’t finish a bunch of stuff.
The video is long, but it’s in three or four distinct segments, so it’ll be easy to poke through it and find some good stuff. Don’t miss the soccer stuff at the end, those robots are mondo cool.