Tomorrow is Institute for the Future's "Robotics Renaissance" conference. We developed a slew of materials to present our research on the topic, including a visual map that summarizes our forecasts about the future of robotics. As with a lot of IFTF stuff, the map will be released under a Creative Commons license, and I'll post it here when it's available. To get geared up for the conference, I forced my colleagues to enjoy the above bit of sci-fi rock opera bombast with me. Boy, were they delighted. This track is just classic. Dig some of the lyrics:
You're wondering who I am - Machine or mannequin
With parts made in Japan, I am the modá´™en man.
I've got a secret, I've been hiding
Under my skin.
My heart is human, my blood is boiling
My brain IBM.