“A robot is an autonomous machine capable of sensing its environment, carrying out computations to make decisions, and performing actions in the real world.” –Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Really, there is no one-size-fits-all definition of robotics. Some roboticists classify robots according to how they move, or the environment in which they will operate: aquatic, terrestrial, airborne, etc. Others prefer to classify based on industry or application: manufacturing, medical, military, etc. No matter how you define them, robots are changing the world of work.
The goal is to understand robotics well enough to solve relevant problems and shape a future of work that works for everyone. Use the resources on these pages to understand, explore, and apply robotics to the problems facing your community, organization, or the world at large.
- What is a Robot? (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers): Your guide to the world of robotics.
- Automation and Robotics (Spatial): Learn the differences and overlap between robotics and automation.
- Types of Robots: How Robotics Technologies are Shaping Today’s World (Intel): Explore how the six most common types of robots are used across industries.
- Robots and AI Taking Over Jobs: What to Know About the Future of Jobs (builtin): Find out which industries are impacted most, which jobs are being replaced, and how AI and robotics are creating new jobs.