I am an engineering student with very little robotics experience but I want to get into it. I got into a honours class where on the kickoff they asked me to answer the question “Where is robotics headed? Where will robotics be in 10 years?”.
I’m having a hard time answering this due to lack of general knowledge or “culture” of robotics. So far I came up with two things:
- I’ve read about how open source software and software platforms is booming. I remembered Arduino and ROS are both open source and I read that in the past the ways to program a robot were very specific and proprietary. My first thought is that robotics will be made easier and more accessible for people to get into it by developing free and open standards and platforms.
- I’ve been sent many videos of bartending, cleaning, gymnast or athletes and bodyguard robots. Basically toys for rich people, hotels/cafes/restaurants or just for entertainment really. I thought then that there’s also robotic teachers, nurses, police and other service/assistance entertainment/personal use roles are being roboticized and that people are starting to like that in the same way it was cool to buy an Iphone when it was released. The point here is, personal use/entertainment robots and service/assistance robots will become more widespread.
These might be right, or wrong, or incomplete and maybe there’s other stuff I haven’t considered, which is why I’m asking here. I would like to hear what this robotics community thinks or can add to it. Thanks a lot! 🙂