Here’s a video with a commentary by the man at the centre of the research
It might just give you a better ‘contemporary context’ on the field if someone starts pitching a robotics-based venture to you.
It might also just give you some fresh tough questions that you can ask (he also mentions some problems that they haven’t cracked).
He goes through these projects at quite a pace, but thankfully it is all backed up withof actual robot demonstrations, rather than just relying exclusively upon ‘talk and chalk’ or PowePoint slideshows.
There is a TEDx NASA event on November the 4th, 2010 including a formidable list of speakers