The author of this article clearly chooses a side, stating an opinion on future robots’ means of locomotion.
Quote: “Our impression of what a robot is has been tainted by science fiction and popular culture. The term ‘robot’ was first used in 1920 by Karel and Josef Čapek in a play called R.U.R. to describe an artificial automaton. Since then, our narcissistic desires have seen the word become synonymous with humanoid robots, or androids. We like to think that we’re the dominant creatures on the planet, so mobile robots should look like us. But the fact is, they shouldn’t. We can’t fly, we’re not very good swimmers, we can’t live in a vacuum and if we want to travel more than a mile, most of us will get on some type of wheeled vehicles. Bipedal locomotion has served us well but it is limited and requires a huge amount of brain power and years of learning to perfect. The computer versions of our brain are nowhere near our level and are unlikely to be so for decades to come. After nearly 100 years of development, our most advanced humanoid robots can only just open a door without falling over (too often).”
So channel your inner Nostradamus; get out your dowsing rod, crystal ball & tarot cards; and share with us your predictions for the future: will future robots walk around on two legs? four legs? six or eight legs? Will they fly? Will they roll on wheels? Will they swim, jump, or drive? Is a flagellum involved? Will they leave behind a slime trace in their wake? Will they hover? Is it all of the above? None of the above?
How do you think robots of the future will locomote?
If you could choose any means of locomotion for your personal companion robot, which would you choose and why?