Robots are poised to displace millions of humans in various industries. But they're nowhere close to being human-like.
“It’s days like today that I’m pretty sure the robot uprising isn’t happening any time soon.”
That’s what one of Blake Hannaford’s grad students told him recently after encountering some challenges in the lab. A robotics professor at the University of Washington in Seattle, Hannaford knew exactly what they meant.
“I’m never going to rule stuff out,” Hannaford, whose work focuses primarily on robotic surgery, said of potential advances. “But if you look back on science fiction from the ’50s and ’60s and compare it to today, it really missed the mark.”