Robotics is simply the science of Robots. Robots are mechanical devices, often connected to networks, that do many different things. A good description of a robot is a Sense-Think-Act contraption of some sort.
Here is a brief history of robots from Futurism.com.
|The Quest For Lifelike Robots (INFOGRAPHIC) It won’t be long before we fail to recognize the robot sitting across from us on the train. Are we ready for it?|
Like most things, what one considers a robot differs a bit. That said if you are a “human-like machine that performs work on commands” or “any mechanism automatically operated”, you might be a robot. Still, we reside in creepy valley. But not for long.
Even in a narrow definition, robots have been around for thousands of years. But there were not very many of them and they didn’t do much very well.
Industrial robots were first installed the 1960’s but with limited success. Now, while people still flip hamburgers, robots make a lot of the most sophisticated stuff or greatly help out.
Now, robots are becoming commonplace, although still a bit out of sight. The first real work based robot in households most likely have been the Roomba vacuum. There were probably toys in many of the same households as well.
But, in the next decade, expect quite a few more. In the coming decades, the promise of robotics to do work made substantial progress in fields like aerospace, automotive, manufacturing and the like is off the charts.
Here are some Robotics examples that Google made big bets on:
Robots will even go underwater
Here’s a Human Support Robot from Toyota:
Businesses, the Military and similar organizations have been using robots in many ways for quite a few years. Their use will dramatically increase each year to the point where many workers will be displaced from at least what they are doing for work now.
There are many things today that robots can do better than humans already. Given the progress of exponential technologies in parallel, they are now becoming cheaper and better than human workers at a whole lot of tasks and a lot less trouble. Plus, you can recycle them when you are done and then likely get a newer, cheaper, better robot to replace it. Honey Robot don’t care.
Few things will likely change the nature of our civilization as much as robots in the near future. Humans have always been needed to do and/or guide most work done. Soon, most work will be doable by robots.
What will humans do to provide for themselves? Most people really underestimate the impact of this question and how quickly it is coming.
That is a big question with some of the smartest minds in the world. Many are also now expecting this within their lifetime as the acceleration of technology increases. Frankly, it looks a bit problematic to most and the speed of it given our static human condition and approach, at the least, it will be very interesting.
The best news, beyond having all that robot help, is that in the last few years, it has become easier than ever to become a roboticist. Here is a quick Intro to Do It Yourself (DIY) Robotics from Instructables.com.
|Intro to Robotics Robots are rapidly moving from characters and concepts only found in science fiction to part of our everyday lives.|