IEEE Spectrum: From Mainframes to PCs: What Robot Startups Can Learn From the Computer Revolution

From Mainframes to PCs: What Robot Startups Can Learn From the Computer Revolution

In their search for killer apps, robotics companies should look at the amazing evolution of computers

By Nikolaus Correll

In their search for killer apps, robotics companies should look at the amazing evolution of computers
Photo: Robotic Materials Inc.

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Autonomous robots are coming around slowly. We already got autonomous vacuum cleaners, autonomous lawn mowers, toys that bleep and blink, and (maybe) soon autonomous cars. Yet, generation after generation, we keep waiting for the robots that we all know from movies and TV shows. Instead, businesses seem to get farther and farther away from the robots that are able to do a large variety of tasks using general-purpose, human anatomy-inspired hardware.

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