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Commercialization and Regulation of Robots

The first person who designed a robot was Leonardo da Vinci, 500 years ago - wearing a helmet and armor, his robot can sit, stand, and move on its own.

Since then, robots have evolved as seen in the Atlas, Spot, Wildcat, and BigDog developed by Boston Dynamics, a venture company.

Being introduced to the public in 2013, Atlas closely mimics human movements. It was developed for Search and Rescue (SAR) to find or provide aid to people in emergencies in mountains, battlefields, large cities, the sea, etc. In the combination with AI, the robot, like the Atlas, can live on this planet with us in perfect form and will become a new “species’ within 2-3 years.

The company also developed four-legged animal (dog or cat) robots, and the commercialization of these robots (now Spot) is accelerating. The Spot is Boston Dynamics’ first commercialized robot, and orders continue to flow. For example, the Massachusetts Police Department leased it this year and put it on the scene. A three-month lease was spent on two bomb squads. The Massachusetts State Police department said that even before Spot, various types of robots had been used in dangerous places. But Spot is an upgraded robot. A normal robot or machine requires a human remote control, but Spot walks, avoids obstacles, climbs stairs, and even dances on its own without human control or commands. Also, the Spot monitors construction sites, inspects gas, oil, and power installations, and works for public safety. The company expects that the Spot will soon be put into radiation-contaminated areas where no one can enter to clean the area.

With the commercialization of these robots, it is said that a new government agency related to robot regulation (including robot experts) should be created. And like AI in the law. the government should speed up new robot regulation laws, and universities must teach robot-related regulations. The development and commercialization of robots, their impact on us, and government regulations will be hot topics in coming years.


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