Rodney Brooks, founder/CTO of iRobot and founder of Heartland Robotics lays down the four challenges keeping the robotics industry from going full mainstream.
Make robots that have:
- The vision of the four-year-old child: can deal with shape abstractions, new textures, etc.
- The language abilities of four-year-old child: understand concepts, accents, etc.
- The manual dexterity of a six-year-old child: complex manipulation operations
- The social awareness of an eight-year-old child: theory of mind
Seems a ways off but that’s the type of lasting challenge an industry needs to rally around.