About GENI Lab

The GENI Lab, newly launching in 2013, builds heavily on the prior work of its founders, in their pursuit to realize Genius Machines–robots with greater-than-human consciousness, creativity, and compassion. To achieve this goal we name the GENI Lab as a non-profit working group to advance the science and engineering of super-intelligent walking robotics. The focus lies at the intersection of adaptive intelligence, social and emotional interaction, with life-like mechanical controls and bodies. As the Lab’s work progresses, technology applicable to areas such as consumer tech, healthcare, enterprise and industrial robotics will be actively pursued, all under the auspices of open source, open standards, open collaboration.

Unlike other robot labs that focus on isolated pieces of the robotics puzzle, the GENI Lab takes a fundamentally cross-disciplinary and integrative approach, bringing together the best robot scientists and innovators from different disciplines to deliver on the promise of the robot future.


GENI Lab’s founding scientists and innovators include

  • Mark Tilden, inventor of BEAM robotics, creator of Robosapien and numerous other commercial successful robots (23M robots shipped, over $1B in market value)

  • David Hanson, inventor of novel nanotech robot skin enabling incomparably human-like robot facial expressions, creator of Robot Einstein and many  more amazing human-scale robots; founder and technology leader of Hanson Robokind

  • Ben Goertzel,  international leader in Artificial General Intelligence R&D, founder of the OpenCog AGI project

  • Gino Yu, expert on consciousness, emotion and human-machine interaction

  • Other participants are welcome! Join the GENI-team in our quest to realize transcendentally super-intelligent beings!


GENI Lab’s central medium-term goal is the creation of a life-sized humanoid robot featuring

  • A realistic, emotional face and personality

  • A fluidly moving body, based on the integration of analog, digital and mechanical control

  • Adaptive general intelligence, utilizing the OpenCog architecture and the DeSTIN machine vision system

  • Capability of simple — but socially and emotionally savvy — communication in English and ultimately other natural languages

  • communication about its physical environment and its tasks and behaviors therein



Among the principles guiding the GENI Lab’s work

  1. All GENI Lab innovations are created with broad dissemination as an ultimate goal — we aim to bring smart robots to the people! All under an open-community banner–the GENI-lab represents a creative sweet spot for AI and robotics.

  2. Engineering disciplines are developed in coordination with leading Asian manufacturers

  3. Advancing art and science together

  4. Agile hardware and software development, involving ongoing testing and modification to improve efficiency and commercial viability

  5. Radical innovation works best when collaborative and FUN

  6. Dedication to the Free and Open Source methodology — for instance the OpenCog AI architecture,  and DeSTIN vision processing system

  7. Use and development of proprietary hardware and software technology when this is the best approach at a particular point in time, e.g. Tilden’s analog control systems, the RoboActive platform


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