Kurzweil informs that Rod Brooks, Director of the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) at MIT, gave a lecture at Cornell on April 12, 2005. The talk, entitled “Flesh and Machines: Robots and People” forecasted what robotic technology will bring us in the future.
In his presentation, which emphasized the learning and communication abilities of current robotic projects, Brooks predicted that, “Much in the way that computers have revolutionized society, robots may take on an increasingly significant role in people’s lives.”
As the world’s demographics shift in the next half century, robots can be useful in fields such as manufacturing, agriculture and elderly assistance. Brooks imagines being able to roboticize large agriculture machines for the maintenance of individual plants. Such robots could do menial and time-consuming tasks like pruning and picking. — Brooks Forecasts Future of Robotic Technology
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