UK Building Strategies for Robotic Future
United Kingdom has been working hard for the past 18 months to make the nation as the world leader for robotics research and development. It has been building strategies for a robotic future, where activities like decommissioning nuclear sites, delivering pizzas and other works would be possible.
On July 1, the UK will be revealing its plans for implementing independent robots in everyday life. The nation is planning to fund more robotics programs in schools and universities. It is also working on technology that focuses on humans to control multiple robots at same time.
When compared with the situation prevalent in 1985 when the Thatcher administration announced of an initiative of advancing the robotics industry, the current situation is quite better. The nation is more prepared than it was at that time.
The term 'robot' was coined by Czech novelist Karel Capek. It meant worker or servant. There are different types of robots including legged robots, wheeled robots, autonomous robots, underwater robots and unmanned aerial vehicles.
Robots take up the work that is dangerous for human beings or is highly complicated and humans do not prefer doing them. Their working is not restricted to household chores and replaces human labor in diverse fields.
The first digital and programmable robot was invented in 1954 by George Devol and was called Unimate. Since then, a number of changes have come in robot making like transforming from four-legged dog-like machines to two-legged humanoid forms.
Advancement in robot making can be judged from the fact that robots are going to have their own Robocup in July in Brazil. Robots are proving quite useful in health care industry as well as have become an integral part in medical surgery.
Considering the evolution speed of robots, it seems that they will have artificial intelligence similar or sometimes even better than humans. One of the main problems is cost involved in making them.
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