More about robots

More about robots

The PKD android was an engineering project that involved robotics as well as artificial intelligence, theatre design, art, and studies of human-machine interaction. Hopefully the project has stimulated interest in science, technology, and robotics in the wider population.

Robotics is a rapidly advancing field. Robots have already transformed our society in many ways:

increased industrial capacity: robots can do manual, repetitive jobs much faster and more efficiently than humans.

Dangerous jobs: robots can do things that are simply too dangerous for humans to do, such as defusing bombs and detecting landmines.

Exploration: Robots allow us to get to places we can’t go or have great difficulty going to, such as the deep sea, caves, and even other planets. Humans can’t yet travel to Mars, our nearest neighbour in the solar system, so robots have been exploring the planet for us.

If you want to know more about robots, the latest developments in robotics, or what major research organisastions are up to, visit these sites:

Hanson Robotics

AAAI Topics: Robots

Nasa Robots

Cool robot of the week

Origin of the word “robot”

The toy robot initiative