Robots from the Back Office to the Front Office

Robots from the Back Office to the Front Office

Originally published on my now retired Future of Work blog  4/1/2009


I wondered about a recent forecast I made regarding the proliferation of robots. A forecast I made before seeing the final episode of Battlestar Galactica, I should add. I started feeling better about it after I saw a copy of Robot Magazineon the newsstand at the airport. Robot hobbyist copy right next to People, Elle, GQ and BusinessWeek. Well, in the same room at least. I was reminded of the early days of computing as I thumbed through it. It was kind of like reading an early copy of Byte, complete with poor production values.

And today I talked to my friend Ron. Ron is creating a robotic blimp using open source hardware, which if I caught the references in our sometimes technologically disjointed cell conversation, has something to do with the Rossum Project. I know if Ron is into it, then it is probably on the edge of something. The Arduino seems to be the center of the universe now, but if I’m right with my Byte analogy, we’ll see plenty of hardware breaking out before too long.

Look at the edges for innovation for real hints about what might happen.

The Arduino microcontroller image from Wired

Daniel W. Rasmus

Daniel W. Rasmus, Founder and Principal Analyst of Serious Insights, is an internationally recognized speaker on the future of work and education. He is the author of several books, including Listening to the Future and Management by Design.

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