Astro Teller

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Astro Teller
Astro Teller candid.jpg
Astro Teller in 2008
Born Eric Teller
(1970-05-29) 29 May 1970 (age 48)
Cambridge, England
Residence Palo Alto, CA, United States
Institutions Stanford University
Google X
Alma mater Stanford University
Carnegie Mellon University
Thesis Algorithm evolution with internal reinforcement for signal understanding (1998)
Doctoral advisor Manuela M. Veloso
Known for BodyMedia
Notable awards Hertz fellowship
Spouse Danielle Teller (2012 - Present)

Astro Teller (born Eric Teller; 29 May 1970) is an entrepreneur, scientist, and author, with expertise in the field of intelligent technology[clarification needed].

Early life and education

Teller was born in Cambridge, England and raised in Evanston, Illinois. He is the son of Paul Teller, who was an instructor in the philosophy of science at the University of Illinois at Chicago and Chantal DeSoto, a buyer and clothing designer for Sears who later became a teacher of gifted children.[1] His grandparents include both French economist and mathematician Gérard Debreu and Hungarian-born American theoretical physicist Edward Teller.[2] He received the nickname "Astro" after high school friends compared his flat-top haircut to AstroTurf, and reportedly had the image of cartoon dog Astro from The Jetsons painted on his car door in college.[3]

Teller holds a Bachelor of Science in computer science from Stanford University, Masters of Science in symbolic computation (symbolic and heuristic computation), also from Stanford University, and a PhD in artificial intelligence from Carnegie Mellon University, where he was a recipient of the prestigious Hertz fellowship.[4] After working as a teacher at Stanford University, he became a business executive.


Teller is the co-founder and Chairman of BodyMedia, makers of the "BodyMedia FIT", "Bodybugg", and the "Sensewear" armbands (wearable devices that measure sleep, perspiration, motion, and calories burned).[5]

He is also co-founder, Director, and former CEO of Cerebellum Capital.[6][7]

In May 2001, Teller was featured on NPR's All Things Considered, discussing how the good economy has shaped the attitudes of 30-year-olds towards their jobs.[8]

He has lectured at the TEDMED Conference (2003 and 2004), South By Southwest (2013), and ideaCity (2004).[9][10][11]

In 2008, Teller appeared as a political commentator on the national French television station France24.[12][13][14]

Teller is the co-founder and co-host of the Solve for X annual event and internet community.[15]

Since 2010, Teller has been directing Google X laboratories.[16][17][18][19] Projects at Google X include Google Glass, Google driverless car, Google Contact Lens, and Project Loon. Google X spun its project called Genie out into a stand-alone business in 2012.[20]


Teller's novel, Exegesis, was published in 1997.[21] It was translated into Dutch,[22] Japanese,[23] Danish,[24] German,[25] Italian,[26] and Greeklish.

His second book, a non-fiction work examining society's attitudes about marriage and divorce entitled Sacred Cows, was published by Diversion Books in 2014 and he gave a 2014 TEDxBoston talk on the book.[27][28]


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  19. Grossman, David (24 January 2014). "Secret Google lab 'rewards staff for failure'". News: Technology. BBC. Retrieved 25 January 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  20. Lunden, Ingrid, "Flux Emerges From Google X And Nabs $8M To Help Build Eco-Friendly Buildings", TechCrunch online, May 2014.
  21. Random House: "Exegesis by Astro Teller".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  22. "Exegesis – Dutch Translation".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  23. "Exegesis – Japanese Translation".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  24. "Exegesis – Danish Translation".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  25. "Exegesis – German Translation".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  26. "Exegesis – Italian Translation".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  27. Diversion Books: "Sacred Cows by Danielle Teller and Astro Teller".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  28. TEDxBoston: "TEDx talk about Sacred Cows".<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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