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Sunday, February 27, 2011

The Dawn of a New Robot Renaissance

Credit: IFTF (Click to enlarge)

The Institute for the Future, IFTF, an independent nonprofit research group based in Palo Alto, CA, is predicting a Robot Renaissance. After decades of hype, false starts, and few successes, smart machines are finally ready for prime time. 
According to the IFTF researchers in the next decade we will share our offices, hospitals, schools, battlefields, nursing homes, and homes with a new breed of companion.  
Robot Renaissance Map
As part of its 2010 research, IFTF's Technology Horizons program, IFTF has created the Robot Renaissance Mapa tool to help navigate the coming changes, designed to spark excitement, and even cautious optimism, about the possible futures of human-machine interaction. The map is organized around seven big forecasts. These are the core stories that define the interactions and intersections between humans and machines. Each big forecast is supported with a “from/to” statement, suggesting a dramatic shift from where we are today to where we’re going in the future. 

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