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A Roadmap for US Robotics

October 31, 2016 via - University of California San Diego

 From Internet to Robotics 2016 Edition

The roadmap document contains sections specific to different use-cases for robot technology across: transformation of manufacturing, next generation consumer and professional services, healthcare and well-being, ensuring public safety and exploring earth and beyond. Each of these areas are analyzed in detail in separate sections. Subsequently, a section provides a unified research roadmap across topical areas. Sections are devoted to workforce development and legal, ethical and economic context of utilization of these technologies. Finally a section discusses the value of access to major shared infrastructure to facilitate empirical research in robotics. 

To reiterate: this document is primarily a technical roadmap. Its central purpose is to update Congress on the state of the art in robotics and to help policymakers determine where to channel resources in order to realize robotics’ great promise as a technology. Robotics develops against the background of a legal, policy, ethical, economics, and social context. This chapter has identified some of the challenges that recur in ongoing discussion of that context.

With this in mind, we conclude by tentatively offering a handful of recommendations aimed at preserving, fostering, and expanding the discussion of how robotics interact with society:

  •   Greater expertise in government. In order to foster innovation in robotics, maximize its potential for social good, and minimize its potential for harm, government at all levels should continue to accrue expertise in cyber-physical systems.

  •   Support of interdisciplinary research in government and academia. Few issues in robotics, or any other context, are amendable to resolution by reference to any one discipline. Government and academia should actively work to support and incentivize interdisciplinary research and breakdown siloes between expertise.

  •   Removal of research barriers. As alluded to above, independent researchers should be assured that efforts to understand and validate systems for the purpose of accountability and safety do not carry legal risk under existing law or doctrine. 

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Author:Henrik I. Christensen
Publisher:University of California San Diego
Date Published:October 31, 2016
External Link:http://jacobsschool.ucsd.edu/contextualrobotics/docs/rm3-final-rs.pdf
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