When is a robot really a robot?


Say the word “robot” and two very different pictures will immediately come to mind. One is of the industrial robot, remembered clips of car commercials filmed in manufacturing plants, sparks flying or paint misting as robot arms complete their tasks behind safety cages. The other is of Hollywood robot, the humanoid butler who zips around the house bringing us snacks and answering the door.

But as technology develops and new applications are engineered, the “traditional” picture of robotics is changing. With new roles in healthcare and at home, under the sea and on other planets, how do we define what is and isn’t a robot?

Is It Really a Robot?
by Jennifer Hicks

Steve Cousin’s, CEO of Willow Garage told Forbes he believes that robotics is still in the early stages and there’s still a lot of work to be done.

“Over the next five years, we will see more robotic platforms come out of the cage in the industrial space, like Baxter, and begin to move into hospitals, our homes and work environments,” said Cousins. “We will build more mobile platforms that will only become autonomous when it becomes more affordable.”

But ask people what a robot is and they will tell you different things.

Read the full article at Forbes. What would your definition of a robot be?

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One Response to When is a robot really a robot?

  1. […] When is a robot really a robot? Say the word “robot” and two very different pictures will immediately come to mind. One is of the industrial robot, remembered clips of car commercials filmed in manufacturing plants, sparks flying or paint misting as robot arms complete their tasks behind safety cages. The other is of Hollywood robot, the humanoid butler who zips around […] […]

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