From vacuums to quadrupeds to self-driving cars, robots are becoming increasingly physically capable, intelligent and cost-effective. As with any emerging industry, the earliest innovators didn’t have the luxury of decades of fundamental knowledge and best practices available to them. They built from the ground up and learned the hard way what not to do.
Today, we’re entering a new era of robotics. The most successful robotics companies of the next decade won’t be the ones building from scratch. They’ll build on existing platforms that have been hardened to solve very specific problems, including problems in autonomy, fleet management, simulation, and more throughout the robotics stack.
In this presentation, the audience will learn how robotics development has been done
recently, what is changing, and what is coming in the next decade from an expert with
fifteen years of experience in robot development and deployment across a variety of
industries. Market expectations surrounding robotic capabilities, security and privacy,
and robustness and safety are becoming increasingly difficult for new entrants to match.
Nevertheless, a variety of market forces are making building robots cheaper and easier
than ever before, and demand for robotics has never been higher!
Just as a new software company today wouldn’t build its own cloud computing
platform, and instead would use AWS, the next generation of robotics companies are
not going to start with a hodgepodge of ROS nodes and custom circuit boards. It is
highly likely that some of the world’s largest robotics companies haven’t even been