Ron Vanderkley

Currently a Project Automations Specialist at leading Global Engineering Company. His education has specialised him in the Physical and Computer Sciences. Ron has always had an interest in Robotics, Automation and Space technology. He has previously worked in electronics and engineering for a Government agency building advance remote logging devices for monitoring environmental problems and other devices. In his youth, Ron watched Armstrong and Aldrin land on the moon and listened to Viking 1 make the first successful Mars landing thus developing a fascination with Robby the Robot from “Forbidden Planet”, Robot B9 in “Lost in Space” and HAL9000 in “2001: A Space Odyssey”, and an interest in stories from the likes of Clarke, Asimov, Heinlein, Adams, and Bradbury. Stories of man venturing forth, exploring the future, with his Artificial Intelligence co-worker at his side. “It is the everyday jobs that make the robot challenge, from exploring the deep oceans, mines or taking care of the disabled and elderly to driving our cars or flying our planes. In the past, this was called ‘Man and the Challenge’. Today, it is about Man and his new tools to improve the success of the Challenge. Robots are the extension of man, the Evolution of Humanity.”

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