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The Robotic Future is Here: Are You Ready?

By Bruce Schlee, President and CEO, Helical Robotics

This article appeared in the Fall 2013 issue of Unmanned Tech Solutions.

Robot. Somewhat ironically for a machine, the word evokes emotions—excitement, fear—while sparking endless intellectual debates. Over the past three and a half years, I have been traveling around the world and talking with people about mobile robotics. Most people are fascinated by the thought, but I am constantly asked if or when “they will take over the world.” Although this is a popular theme in Hollywood, a planet run by robots is best left to science fiction novels.

I prefer to look at the evolution of robotics through the prism of its history. To understand where something is going, I often find it is best to remember where it’s been.

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