Global Agenda Council on Robotics & Smart Devices 2012-2014
Technological advances in robotics over the past few years have been impressive: robots have been used in factories; as exploratory vehicles in deep sea and space; for minimally invasive surgical procedures; as automated vacuum cleaners and even as exoskeletal artificial limbs. Drones have been deployed not only for military strikes, but also during humanitarian emergencies. Devices and appliances used in everyday life are increasingly “smart”, with Internet connectivity multiplying exponentially the capabilities of phones, watches, eyeglasses and cars. However, as these trends emerge and develop, few people can fully understand – and in some cases accept – what it means for them in the context of the social, technical, economic, legal and cultural changes.