Boston Dynamics is leading the development of a new generation of robots and how their 2021 unfolds may well have a big influence on the future of robotics.

As we transition from narrowly capable industrial robots, to generally capable and agile robots, a new platform that could shape the future of mobility emerges.

With more companies like Unitree, Ghost Robotics and Agility Robotics joining the field, the stage may be set for a new robot revolution.

In that light, what does the future of robots actually hold?

Philosophy Tube explores what the future holds for consciousness, compute, and AI.

What does this mean?

Biology meets computer science meets philosophy! Following a discussion between Antonio Damasio and Aubrey de Grey I was inspired to talk about minds and brains, computers, artificial intelligence, and technology!

It’s these mash-ups of different fields and disciplines that makes this field so fascinating.

The documentary “Will A Robot Steal My Job?“ provides an interesting look at what innovations in AI and robotics will do to the job market.

We think of robots as primarily being in factories; but the reality is that lawyers, accountants and even artists, are facing a future in which their livelihoods are threatened by artificial intelligence. From self-driving Tesla cars, to robo-journalists writing news by algorithm, artificially intelligent comedians, to state-of-the-art sex-robots, we are facing a future where vast swathes of the population will indeed surrender their job to machines. But Anne-Marie asks, is there also an opportunity: to adapt to a radically changing future, to adopt the technology, and to harness the rise of the robots for our own good? 

I talked about this in a recent podcast episode, but it is worth taking a closer look at Walmart’s plans to add more robots to their stores.

The retailer is adding shelf-scanning robots to 650 stores by the summer. The robots can scan items on shelves to assist with price accuracy and restocking. The six-foot-tall devices contain 15 cameras each, which scan aisles and shelves and send alerts to employees in real time.

And how do employees feel about the robots?

“Our associates immediately understood the opportunity for the new technology to free them up from focusing on tasks that are repeatable, predictable, and manual,” John Crecelius, senior vice president of central operations for Walmart US, said in a company blog post about automation in April. “It allows them time to focus more on selling merchandise and serving customers, which they tell us have always been the most exciting parts of working in retail.”

Artificial sentience straddles the fields of philosophy and engineering.

Throw robots into the mix and it gets really interesting.

Seeker examines what it mean for a robot to be self-aware.

The Creative Machines Lab at Columbia University https://www.creativemachineslab.com/“At the Creative Machines Lab we build robots that do what you’d least expect robots to do: Self replicate, self-reflect, ask questions, and even be creative. We develop machines that can design and make other machines – automatically.”