Long before cartoon Rosie the robotic housekeeper was tidying up for the Jetson family in the SkyPad apartments, people dreamed of a world where robots lived alongside humans as workers, sidekicks and friends.
“As a species, humans have always had an interest in projecting ourselves into distant places. We started with voice – that was the telephone. Next were images, better known as the television. And robotics is the next step. It’s the projection of action at a distance. It’s about having an effect on a distant location without actually being present there,” says Robbie Mandelbaum, robotics expert and chief technology officer for Lockheed Martin Advanced Technology Laboratories.