In an innovation-driven environment, being tech-savvy is not enough. Roboticists also need an insatiable appetite for "what's next".
Students have a unique opportunity today to shape the future of robot-human interactions as investment and adoption reach all-time highs. But it takes the right mix of technical know-how, vision, and ethics to drive change, and these skills will only become more important going forward. A decade ago, it was difficult to find roboticists who didn't work for specialized companies. However, as technology advances exponentially, the global robotics market is expected to grow to $74.1 billion by 2026. But as the space continues to mature, general robotics training is no longer sufficient.
Expertise is required to address industry-specific challenges, whether it's teaching children emotional intelligence or optimizing manufacturing processes. So how can students prepare for the future of robotics? Combine technical skills with innovation, collaboration, and ethics. In an innovation-driven environment, being tech-savvy is not enough. Roboticists also need an insatiable appetite for "what's next". Continuing education can take place inside and outside of the classroom. It continues long after a student graduates. Many robotics frameworks, such as GAN networks, have been in use for decades. However, applying them in new ways opens the door to experiences we previously thought impossible. This requires a combination of technical skills and innovation.
We are rapidly moving towards a society where humans and robots coexist. When this happens, we will be able to achieve goals greater than what robots or humans can achieve alone. But the people driving this innovation must have the integrity to ensure that robotics benefits society.