Abstract: Remember when the notion that everyone will have his/her own
personal robot growing up? What
happened? Robotics has been influenced
by Isaac Asimov, and especially the cinema. We look quickly at the history of computers, AI, and robotics. This presentation will discuss where we are
today and what the future in robotics may look like. This includes the idea of having a singularity,
data, knowledge, complexity, and autonomy. But why is this hard? This
progression parallels the work of the robotics group at Martin Marietta and later
Lockheed Martin in Denver, starting in the early 1980’s. Along the way, Martin Marietta/ Lockheed
Martin pioneered mobile robotic navigation with the Autonomous Land Vehicle (ALV)
program, the Flight Telerobotic Servicer, National Automated Highway System
Consortium (NAHSC), the Future Combat System (FCS) mule vehicle, the NASA
SuperBot, and a few other robotic programs within the corporation. NASA specifically could benefit from advances
in robotics in a variety of applications. Generally, robotics has matured from interesting concepts to some prototype
robots that have been demonstrated with success. And in the coming years, robotics will mature
in a number of interesting areas.
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