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Pensacola inventor honored for work in robotics

Pensacola inventor honored for work in robotics

One of the country's pioneers of artificial intelligence is being recognized for his contributions to technology and research communities.

Ken Ford helped co-found the Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IHMC) in Pensacola.

Ford built a robotics empire in Northwest Florida that is recognized around the world.

IHMC is one of the premier research organizations.

Ford is one of eight inventors being inducted into the 2017 Florida Inventors Hall of Fame.

"It's a great honor to be associated in any way with the remarkable people that are inducted into the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame," Ford said.

In addition, he said, "To some degree I think it reflects not only on my own work, but on the work of my colleagues here at IHMC.

Ford remains fascinated with robotics and artificial intelligence, which he said will never stop evolving.

Ford said, "From a personal perspective I think one of the things I'm proudest of and it usually goes unremarked is I enjoy reinventing myself and I've done it four or five times in my career. I might do it again."

IHMC so far has a great track record with the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame.

"Out of the 28 members of the hall of fame four are associated with IHMC," he said.

He hopes the next generation of researchers and inventors is inspired to strive for greatness.

Ford will be inducted into the Florida Inventors Hall of Fame on Sept. 8 in Tampa.

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