According to a ComputerWeekly.com
article, MIT robot expert Rodney Brooks suggests
two things are needed for wider adoption of robots in home and business.
The first is to move closer to truly autonomous robots. He notes that
most robots still need human intervention or teleoperation. Today's
robots are closer than ever to being autonomous but we're not there yet.
He also suggests that the data storage capacity of computers needs to
increase a bit more to make robots practical. He expects a typical robot
to have 40,000 GB of internal storage by 2015, allowing the
storage of such things as a highly detailed map of the entire Earth.
Brooks made these
comments in a lecture at the BCS/Royal Signals Institution recently. Video of the
entire lecture (Flash format) is available online.