There may be no other subject on which I’m so potentially biased as robotics, given that:
- I don’t spend a lot of time on the area, but …
- … one of the better robotics engineers in the world (Kevin Albert) just happens to be in my family …
- … and thus he’s overwhelmingly my main source on the general subject of robots.
Still, I’m solely responsible for my own posts and opinions, while Kevin is busy running his startup (Pneubotics) and raising my grandson. And by the way — I’ve been watching the robotics industry slightly longer than Kevin has been alive.
My overview messages about all this are:
- Historically, robots have been very limited in their scope of motion and action. Indeed, most successful robots to date have been immobile, metallic programmable machines, serving on classic assembly lines.
- Next-generation robots should and will be much more able to safely and effectively navigate through and work within general human-centric environments.
- This will affect a variety of application areas in ways that readers of this blog may care about.