Ep 59: Dr. Merritt Moore, Quantum Physicist on Dancing Robots


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In this episode, we're joined by Oxford PhD, Dr. Merritt Moore, a quantum physicist, professional ballerina, future astronaut-in-training, who is currently doing groundbreaking research in AI and robotics.

Dr. Merritt graduated Magna Cum Laude in Physics from Harvard and holds a PhD in Atomic and Laser Physics from the University of Oxford. She also has a second career in professional ballet, previously with the Zurich Ballet, Boston Ballet, English National Ballet, and Norwegian National Ballet. She was awarded Forbes 30 under 30 in 2018, and she was one of the 12 selected candidates to undergo rigorous astronaut selection on BBC Two "Astronauts: Do you have what it takes?"

Dr. Moore's background in ballet, physics, and aerospace has led her to programming and dancing with robots. Her motivation is to gain expertise in robotics and AI., which will be the future in space and here on earth. Invited as artist-in-residence at Harvard Art Lab, Merritt began exploring movement between human dancer and industrial robotic arm right. During the pandemic, she created many dances with robots, featured in TIME, Financial Times (F.T.), Vogue, BBC Click, and more.

Merritt has been invited to be the featured speaker at the Forbes Women's Summit in N.Y., Princeton Physics Department, panelist for the U.S. Embassy' Women in STEM' Panel in London. She is also featured in the bestseller "Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls."

Follow Dr. Merritt Moore on Twitter, Instagram and check out her website physicsonpointe.

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