Towards a science of physical manipulation
From Chapter 1 to Chapter 10 we have come full circle. We started with a speculative scenario about advanced robot assembly and, after examining the many issues that such automation will entail, we arrived at a design for the software structure of a possible system. This chapter is an epilogue that reflects on the feasibility of robotics applications. We first review the different levels of motivation behind robotics research and discuss three research sub-cultures that form separate robot ‘worlds’: the mathematical world, the industrial world and the human world. Next, we consider a case study to illustrate the feasibility issue. Finally, we conclude with suggestions as to how the field might mature towards a more professional science of the control of manipulation in the physical world.
KeywordsIndustrial World Robotic Research Human World Physical Manipulation Intelligent Robotic
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