For 3.3 billion years, Earth was inhabited by nothing more than clumps of single-celled organisms with varying degrees of symbiosis. Then suddenly, in 5 million years or less, every phylum of animal life that has ever existed on this planet appeared. This event is called the Cambrian Explosion. Today, for better or worse, we’re witnessing a “Cambrian explosion” in robotics, with species of all sizes, shapes and modes of mobility crawling out of the muck of the lab and onto the terra firma of the marketplace. They are about to enter your home, your office and your shopping experience. What will these robots look like and what will they do? What impact will they have on productivity, employment, and personal satisfaction? What are some of the clearest opportunities and threats? We’ll show you.
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