Will the robot become the measure of all things?

Probably, what the future holds more of, is what some roboticists described as "multiplicity." It is something happening right now, like the idea of humans and machines working together. We have to start thinking about robots not as a threat but as some system that can cooperate and collaborate with people. It is the already industrialize World of cobots but taken even further in terms of abilities.

The artificial intelligence and machine learning technology applied to robotics will move to a more controlled regulatory environment. The introduction of mandatory legislation will inevitably slow down the pace of progress, impacting robotics automation.

Robots will never replace humans; automation will only change the jobs people do. People need to take the time to understand automation and how it affects our daily lives. Automation creates opportunities just as much as it may replace a job role. Therefore, investing in education is the best way to temper and harness the impact robots will have. Society is underprepared not only for what is coming but what is happening right now.

Humankind creates environments suited to be inhabited by them. Therefore, a humanoid robot is a tool very well adapted to provide many services to people. Nevertheless, we are still far from the commercial production of reliable humanoids useful to our society. One of the main reasons which justify the current situation is the formidable computational challenge presented by these mechanical systems, mainly because of the complexity given by the high number of restrictions and degrees of freedom.

We have mentioned before that when the complexity is enormous, the need for some elegant mathematical formulations becomes a paramount issue because it allows us to build up solutions of outstanding performance. Therefore, this text explores robotics research using some techniques based on the mathematical Screw Theory of Lie Groups and Algebras. These formulations lead to closed and complete solutions, numerically stable, and with an unambiguous geometrical interpretation.

After all, the dream of anyone working in robotics, in one way or another, is to have a humanoid robot that goes around and does exciting things in the real world, like maybe clean up our house or help people in any need.

"Man is the measure of all things…" (1) – Protagoras (Vth century B.C.)

(1)This significant sentence of Protagoras concerns the geometric and mechanical configuration of the civilized world. We do not understand it in the modern relativistic or anthropocentric sense.



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