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Paving the way for humanoid robots

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I Robot, the future of robotics engineering

Robotics is perhaps one of the most controversial technologies to date. The prolific rate of development that earmarks the robotics industry leaves many to speculate as to the exact nature of their impact and the future path of their growth.

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Robotics has infiltrated practically every industry known to man. Robots' rapid incursion has had an enormous impact upon almost every facet they've touched, but the depth of their contribution, both economically and socially still has to be assessed in order to ensure the future remains progressive and viable and to construct a pan-European roadmap for their development. The extreme cutting-edge technical basis as well as the interdisciplinary nature of modern robotic engineering makes the industry both highly competitive and sensitive to newer, better developments. As such, the EC funded Pro-Robot project sought to understand whether or not robotics development was economically viable and socially beneficial, being technically, feasibility and exploitable. To do so, the project had first to understand the current state of development in Europe, predict all technical fields in which robotics could have a significant role and assess the nature of obstacles and threats. However, its broader scope of investigation also assessed the nature of support strategies and priorities both for technical and financial aspects. Overall, the study concluded in a positive note, indicating that the future of humanoid robotics would continue in its wide spread range of activities, showing that the entertainment industry was set for a breakthrough. The study did indicate that the robotics industry would grow steadily and slowly. However, it also showed that many markets were still looking for a fertile development grounds.

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