When Marita Cheng was told to clean her room as a child, she imagined an army of robots doing the dirty work for her. ”I looked around and I didn’t see any robots helping me with the household chores,” the 24-year-old engineering whiz said. “And I thought: ‘I want to be part of making robots a reality.’”
Speaking to Cheng, one of Australia’s brightest young scientists, you get the feeling there’s not much she couldn’t solve with a bit of brain power. Her latest project? Creating a bionic arm that could revolutionize the lives of quadriplegics around the world.
Watching Cheng speaking to a packed Sydney Opera House crowd at one of her TEDx talks, it’s hard not to get swept up in her effervescent and eloquent “can-do” view of the world.
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