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The Future of Robotics[edit]

Science fiction novels often explore future worlds in which robots are the rulers of humans.

The popular conception of what everyone thinks about when it comes to robots is so ingrained in science fiction, as in stories that take place in the future. It’s because of this; we start from where we are possibly going since it’s the most familiar to those who know little of robotics to begin with. Especially since there are those who predict will serve roles more similar to those in science fiction sometime in the near future, possibly in the next ten to twenty years. However, the advancement of robotics in the past years can be considered a little underwhelming, since most of the major advances in technology have been more software-based than hardware. This is not entirely a bad thing, of course since better software means more possibilities to program a robot to do.

There are two ways to consider the future of anything. On one hand, there are a few years down the road with an educated guess into what robotics companies are working on now would result in. And then there’s considering what it’ll be like a few decades at least later where things become a little more fantastic. There’s also the factor what are the purposes of tomorrows robots, as well as who’s building them.

Purposes of most robots being used today and in the near future are usually centered on menial labor or military usage, though there are plenty of other intents. While there are robots that can be able to perform surgery, they could be made to do it routinely within 10 years. Ones that could household tasks can be expected in roughly 20 years. It seems that whenever a “new” technology is created, the first people to use it are almost always the military. While there aren’t any autonomous robots they have at their deposal, which could change twenty years down the road.

When it comes to who, that’s not restricted to companies, but countries as well. (Japan, America, South Korea, etc.) While most of the world could expect the types of robots mentioned above in twenty years, there are Japanese companies that plan to make such advancements and more in ten years. One such advancement involves nanorobots. There’s the hope of perfecting them to the point where placing these in the bloodstream could make them slow down, and perhaps even stop aging, amongst other health benfits. South Korea plans to have a robot in every household as soon as they can.

It would be unwise to expect many big steps forward in this field within the next five years. We’re still a quarter of a century away at least from having things like the flying car or the android. Before then, we’ll have to make do with robots that entertain or work for us rather than those that can fly us around. However, given it’ll take less than fifty years for such growth to happen, I’m sure some of us could wait.