The concept of autonomous, intelligent robots is an exciting one, but where is robotics on the Hype Cycle? Gartner, a world-renowned IT company, has developed an annual cycle for emerging technologies. This cycle tracks the development and impact of new technologies, including robotics.
Throughout the cycle, robotics has gained momentum, but many experiments and implementations have failed. Robotics has hit levels four and five on the Hype Cycle, but it’s not a clear-cut winner yet.
In the HypeCycle, the term “Mobile robots” is too broad to include robots that move on a caterpillar track or wheel. Robots must have natural limitations, such as limited mobility. The HypeCycle is a useful tool, but it should be used in the context of the product lifecycle, and in combination with Geoffrey A. More’s thoughts on the “Chasm.”
For now, robotics is a hot topic, but there are a lot of problems to address before the technology becomes a reality. The challenge will be proving that robots can perform physical tasks, and the technology will be used in industries as varied as transportation, supply chain, and artificial intelligence. The hype cycle has reached an all-time high, with many companies merging robotics and computer vision with artificial intelligence and other fields to create new solutions.
As we continue to use robots for work, they are expected to replace human workers. As long as they do the job, robots will be a great thing for people. As a result, restaurants and startups need to be prepared for viral fads. To prepare for viral freak-outs, businesses should make materials and marketing materials that clearly state the value of robots. Robots can do less strenuous work for humans, while also providing better customer service.
Gartner’s hype cycle describes the phases of technology development. This cycle can guide us in making the right decisions about the direction of robotics technology. Its predictions are based on technology maturity, social applications, and economic impact. For example, robots have a positive potential in the healthcare industry, while a negative impact could negatively affect people’s lives. Ultimately, however, robots will help people live better lives and improve their daily lives.
Another breakthrough in robotics is biochips. These biochips can detect diseases before symptoms develop. They use arrays of molecular sensors to analyze biological elements and chemicals. Another new feature on the Hype Cycle this year: artificially cultured muscles. Still in the lab, these artificial muscles could someday help robots grow skin over their exteriors, making them sensitive to pressure. If all goes well, the next generation of robots could be as smart as us and a lot more useful than we realize.
Autonomous flying vehicles are another future development in robotics. In the next decade, it is likely that flying vehicles will hit the market. But it will likely take another decade to master autonomous technology and make them a safe and reliable option for transportation. The technology that is needed for flying vehicles will require new technical foundations, a more dynamic ecosystem, and new business models. Those are just some of the technological developments that will come our way.
Artificial intelligence (AI) is a branch of computer science. The technology that powers these agents is a result of AI algorithms. It’s used in many applications, from Google search results to Amazon’s recommendation engine to Siri and Alexa. The technology that powers AI robots is the result of AI and robotics. In the near future, AI will enable robots to upgrade themselves and advance at unprecedented rates, creating powerful super-intelligences.