There’s a reason why Google acquired Boston Dynamics by the end of the year 2013. They not only saw what was being engineered now and their technological prowess compared to other robotics companies, but subsequently knew that our near-future society will heavily consist of autonomous robots. We’ve dreamed about this day for decades, if not centuries, and now we’re nearly there. We are the generation that’ll bear witness the rise of robotics.
The question is, however, what does this entail for the next generation? A lot of the robots we see today, especially those under Boston Dynamics, largely resemble those we saw throughout sci-fi literature and entertainment. But we know that reality almost always turns out to be stranger than fiction. What will the future of robots look like and how will they be integrated into society? Will they appear human-like, with bi-pedal locomotion or will their design and function ultimately be beyond current comprehension? Whatever the future of robotics will be, rejoice at the fact that we are alive today and are witnessing our sci-fi dreams come true!
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