Robots have come to occupy a dubious position in the popular imagination and fiction in recent years. However the reality is that smart machines are already all around us, cleaning our homes, manufacturing our cars, transporting us on our holidays, even starting to deliver our take-away meals. There’s no escaping that advances in robotics are creating incredibly exciting possibilities for the future of domestic living, manufacturing, transport, shopping, even healthcare. Smart machines will have a critically important role to play in building a Low Touch Economy, tackling big problems like a sustainable NHS, or delivering NetZero targets and Sustainable Development goals. What do we want the future of robotics to look like? How might robots best serve human needs today – to reduce inequality and improve quality of life for everybody? And what role should we, the public, have in shaping the agenda?
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Chief Technology Officer at Ocado is a world leader in smart fulfilment and logistics.
Career roboticist. Formerly head of mobile robotics research at the University of Kent, he was an engineer with Dyson before moving into consultancy in robotics and embedded systems, assistive technology and technology transfer.