The Internet of Robotic Things: Secure, harmless helpers or vulnerable, vicious foes?
Experts say robots will be commonplace in 10 years. “Many respondents see advances in [artificial intelligence] and robotics pervading nearly every aspect of daily life by the year 2025—from distant manufacturing processes to the most mundane household activities,” says Aaron Smith, senior researcher, The Pew Research Center’s Internet Project, speaking of the several experts quoted in his “Predictions for the State of AI and Robotics in 2025”.
People are increasingly connecting the broadening array of robots to the Internet and IoT devices, including sensors, to add functionality. “A new generation of robots uses wireless networking, big data, machine learning, open-source, and the Internet of Things to improve how they assist us in tasks from driving to housekeeping to surgery,” says Ken Goldberg, Professor, UC Berkeley. IoT such as sensors produce useful data, anything from temperature readings to measurements of vibrations, for decision-making by control systems that manage robots.