The Future of Robotics: A Conversation with Henrik Christensen

On the Everything Robotics blog, there’s an overview on Frank Tobe’s Robot Report of his conversation with Henrik Christensen, Georgia Tech’s Director of Robotics and Intelligent Machines.  Christensen, Tobe reports, is optimistic about the future of intelligent automation:

A few days ago we had a conversation that covered many of the current issues in robotics. Throughout the conversation, Henrik remained positive and upbeat, heralding the next few years as the tipping point for this emerging industry, particularly here in America. Of course, that’s part of his current job: making robotics a key economic enabler in America. He is a significant player in the Roadmap for US Robotics (PDF) Congressional Robotics Caucus earlier this year and continues to make presentations about robotics at various levels of government, encouraging cooperation and strategic funding to make things happen .”

Besides the remarkable fact that there is a Congressional Robotics Caucus,  the blog touches on efforts at the forefront of robotics technology, including medical applications, industrial robotics and assistive technology. It’s a definite must read for interested students and mentors alike!

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