Last week, I had the chance to meet one of the robotics geeks in the world, Daniele Benedtteli, due to some work between him and our company.He is a robotics engineer, inventor, high school teacher, free-lance LEGO designer and music composer. He is author of two best-selling books in Mindstorms. He the creator if theLEGO RUBIK UTOPIA, the first NXT Rubik's cube solving robot ever made; ANDY the portrayer robot, that can draw smoothly like a real artist; CYCLOPS, a MINDSTORMS-Android-hybrid humanoid robot that can walk, gesticulate, talk and listen in natural language....Ah, I forgot to mention that Danny is 28!!. 28 and did all of this, I felt pain about all the time I wasted ( and still wasting),the empty life I lived , and all the meaningless thoughts that took part of my mind.
When he mentioned his age he said, "yes I am old, but I am young at heart".
|Daniel , Me, and the robots family|
Unfortunately I didn't talk much with him, but I had a discussion with him the day before he left back to Italy , and asked home some technichal questions related to my dream project (7elmy version 0.1). And ofcourse I was amazed by his knowledge and experience. He offered a serious help and said,
" I really want to help you in this project, because every time I finish a project I ask myself, WHY, What is the purpose of this, but in this project I know the answer, at least we are helping someone"
Well, his words touched my heart deeply and a bunch of songs poped in my mind, one of them was for Dawud Ali about Rachel Corrie, the songs says
*It has nothing to do with age, it's not our education, gender, color of our skins, it's the voice inside our heart.
It's the same question , the voice inside each one of us that we either kill it or listen to it. I couldn't believe that after all what he did in the last 10 years he still asks himself the question " Why". I don't have much to say except that I was touched, maybe I can't express my feelings now but I think his words will remain in my mind . I will try to find the answer too in everything I do , because one day when I confront with God he will ask me the same the question "Why "
*Actually the real lyrics says (It has nothing to do with age, it's not our languages, religion, gender, colour of our skin. It's a soul within a well that echoes deep beneath the ego's shell. ) but the above is how I memorized it :)