Concepcion A. Monje is a researcher in the Robotics Lab of the Department of Systems Engineering and Automation at Carlos III University of Madrid. In addition to working to build the next generation of robots, Monje recently speculated about the future of robotics as a consultant on the science fiction film "Automata."
The movie is about a future in which humanoid robots develop intelligence that eventually goes beyond that of humans. Monje says current technology is "light-years away" from such a scenario and the immediate future will feature robots and robotic devices designed to help out with everyday tasks "in companies, in factories, and in many other sectors."
Monje does not rule out an eventual future in which robots evolve beyond human capabilities, but says this evolution will be guided by the decisions humans make as they design and program robots. "Based on the behavioral rules that are programmed, on its knowledge of its surroundings, and on its interaction with the rest of humanity, the robot could manage to evolve on its own," she says. Monje currently is focused on improving the mobility and dexterity of humanoid robots so they can better interact with and navigate the human environment.
From Carlos III University of Madrid
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