Robotics and the World/The Future of Robots

1. The Future of RobotsEdit

Robots will soon be everywhere, in our home and at work. They will change the way we live. This will raise many philosophical, social, and political questions that will have to be answered. In science fiction, robots become so intelligent that they decide to take over the world because humans are deemed inferior. In real life, however, they might not choose to do that.

Robots will be commonplace: in home, factories, agriculture, building & construction, undersea, space, mining, hospitals and streets for repair, construction, maintenance, security, entertainment, companionship, care.

Purposes of Future Robots:

-Robotized space vehicles and facilities

-Anthropomorphic general-purpose robots with hands like humans used for factory jobs

-Intelligent robots for unmanned plants

-Totally automated factories will be commonplace.

-Robots for guiding blind people Robots for almost any job in home or hospital, including Robo-surgery.

-Housework robots for cleaning, washing etc

-Domestic robots will be small, specialized and attractive.


It will greatly affect the economy as well. Given that in the next two decades robots will be capable of replacing humans in most manufacturing and service jobs, economic development will be primarily determined by the advancement of robotics. Given Japan's current strength in this field, it may well become the economic leader in the next 20 years.