This article appeared on Fortune.com on November 7, 2016.
While robots have the potential to be very intelligent, if there’s one thing that books, movies, and even our own experiences have shown, it’s that they also can be remarkably dumb. So one sure-fire way for the U.S. to continue leading the robotics world is by investing in education. Not only are these machines getting smarter every day, but so too are other countries, training the kind of workers required to operate robots that can coat cars on assembly lines with paint and produce sneakers faster than ever.
That’s one takeaway from a new report released Monday by a group of 120 robotics experts. Intended to brief the U.S. government on the state of robotics so that the government can better plan for the future, the Roadmap to Robotics report is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (as well as a few universities) and written by experts from the private sector as well as academic institutions like like Carnegie Mellon, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of California, Berkeley, and Yale.
The Georgia Tech professors who helped write the report are Magnus Egerstedt and Ayanna Howard from the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Jaydev Desai and Charlie Kemp from the Georgia Tech/Emory Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering, and Sonia Chernova in the School of Interactive Computing.