How did Michael Crichton, Sean Connery, and Wesley Snipes factor into the creation of a preeminent robotics firm?

The story begins on the movie set of the 1993 action thriller “Rising Sun,” starring Connery and Snipes and based off the Crichton novel of the same name. 

It was during a week of filming under the hot California sun that Marc Raibert, then a professor at MIT, realized there was more work to do.

“We were providing robots for the background of a scene in the movie,” said Raibert. “And we were there for a week. And it was a week of hell.”

On set, Raibert said the heat, among other things, was a variable not present in the controlled MIT lab and for a time “nothing worked right.” It was around this time that Raibert decided create Boston Dynamics.

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Anderson Cooper and Boston Dynamics Founder Marc Raibert at the company’s headquarters in Massachusetts.

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