Wearable Robotics and Social Innovation: opportunities and challenges

Venerdì 15 gennaio sarò in visita all’Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia a Genova, dove terrò anche un seminario sul tema della Robotica Indossabile, e sull’impatto sulla società della robotica. Quali sono le prospettive scientifiche e tecnologiche dei profondi mutamenti a cui andiamo incontro, legati alla combinazione della connessione veloce, il 5G, Internet Of Things, l’intelligenza artificiale e i Big Data e le potenzialità fisiche della robotica?

imageL’abstract del seminario è riportato nel seguito:

Research, science and social innovation are strictly interdependent, and in this framework, my vision for the future is that progress of humanity is the ultimate mission of science.
Today, it is universally accepted in science that challenges of the society will require a strong interdisciplinary effort for scientists: it is not possible to address global problems as clean energy production, urbanization, migration, antibiotics resistance or climate change without an holistic approach: social challenges requires comprehensive methods and knowledge, which must include human sciences, ethical issues and sustainability.
The integration of robotics with artificial intelligence, deep learning and high speed connection will revolutionize the society because devices will be connected to internet, and will become physically powerful, intelligent and adaptive. Large amount of data will be available with small latency and cloud robotics will share information, data, intelligence activities and brains. Robots were originally designed for manufacturing plants, and nowadays mass production is not possible without robots but now they are indispensable in special environments as space for exploration, oceans for underwater activities or hospitals in surgical rooms. In particular, as it was predicted in science fiction, now deep space exploration is based on robotics, and robots will be essential for space science progress.
The next step will be for Robots to enter in our everyday life: in the streets with self-driving cars, or ‘at our place’ in doing cleaning, entertainment or service activities. Therefore robotics is becoming ‘social’.
In order to achieve these goals, engineers must address several issues, related to human-robot interaction, to safety, to sentience and adaptability. The problem of safe, secure and effective interaction between human being and robot, cannot be faced without addressing legal and ethical issues.
The road map is already in place, with time and application those issues will be studied and investigated, and robots will share life and environments with humans, supporting their physical and cognitive activities.
Moreover, one of the most fascinating questions to answer in Robotics will be originated by the integration of robotics with bionics and prosthetics, when Robotics will enter into the human body with different levels of invasivity, to support human movements and physical interaction with the environment. Wearable robotics is expected to revolutionize the society in the next decade. What are the implications of this transformation of Robotics? Which areas of science will be involved in the evolution of robotics? What are the main milestones to be accomplished in the journey of robots from manufacturing plants, to Space, Health Care and ultimately into the Human Body

Mi piacerebbe far scaturire un dibattito su questi temi e far nascere una discussione in Italia.

 

 

2 pensieri su “Wearable Robotics and Social Innovation: opportunities and challenges

  1. Riccardo Oldani

    È da tempo che seguo il suo lavoro (ne ho anche scritto nel mio libro Spaghetti Robot) e ritengo questi temi centrali e importantissimi. Curo un blog su Le Scienze (http://oldani-lescienze.blogautore.espresso.repubblica.it/) che potrebbe senz’altro essere una vetrina per questi temi e ospitare una parte del dibattito. Il seminario di venerdì è open? Si può partecipare? Nel caso mi piacerebbe senz’altro esserci per conoscerci di persona e verificare in che modo potrei supportare la sua idea. Che ne dice?

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