Robots give humans super powers, super speed, endurance, accuracy and longevity - now all we need is artificial intelligence.


Planet Earth, conservation of species and the natural world




Robots are working all over the world almost every day to make the lives of humans easier.  Since the advent of microprocessors and computers, the possibilities for Robots to improve our civilisation are that much more.





Octopodic wheeled eight legged robot, Tokyo



Otopodic wheeled robot from Tokyo, Japan  -  and the Spidernaut





We already have robot factories churning out cars to a higher standard, than those produced in manned factories.  Simple domestic robots are finding their way onto the market to relieve us of tedious tasks.  This is sure to mean more complex robots will be designed and become cheaper, to in turn, free humans more and more from everyday chores.  Put this emerging technology together with renewable energy, such as solar cells, and the possibilities are endless.  Not only could the world rely on plentiful renewable energy, but we'd have more time to devote to other problem areas in our society.  We could build a higher society where food, energy, healthcare and transport are available to all.  


For the above reasons I believe that we should encourage students to become the engineers of tomorrow, to build on the current state of the art, to produce practical robotic solutions for our future. NK 


Robotics fans who are also entomologists should get a kick out of the latest high-tech machine from Japan – a shiny multi-legged robot that can walk like an insect.





Giant spider robot





Although the Halluc II (pictured above) from the Future Robotics Technology Center (Furo) at Chiba Institute of Technology and Leading Edge Design in Tokyo has eight limbs, one of its three modes of locomotion is based on the way some insects walk. The other two see it move on wheels like a car and in a way similar to a quadrupedal mammal, albeit with twice the complement of limbs.


The point of developing a robot that can get around in such differing ways is to create machines that can traverse any kind of surface. Halluc II can’t handle stairs when trundling around on its wheels, but break out the crawling insect legs or stepping mammalian feet and it can scurry or stomp with the best of them.













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