Henrik Christensen, director of the Contextual Robotics Institute at the University of California San Diego, gave a presentation on the newest (and fourth edition) A Roadmap for US Robotics during the RIA Robotics Week. This 90-page document is published every four years and was released on Sept. 9. It details different applications and growth areas for the robotics industry, as well as societal drivers, obstacles and how to address those obstacles. The report was created from research papers from robotics experts and various workshops.
Christensen described some major trends covered in the report, including post-COVID society, changing trade dynamics, mass customization, urbanization and an aging society.
"My long-term vision, of course, is a UPS truck driving along in your neighborhood with an advanced 3D printer in the back that will do all of the manufacturing on its way to you," he said.
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