Monthly Archives: May 2016


What is the biggest gap in robotics research?

There are two major gaps that we should at least investigate as part of the process of defining robotics as a discipline.

1.     We don’t have positive laws.  Our history is still largely trial and error and scavenging from other disciplines, rather than the development of foundational design principles or laws governing the creation or operation of robots in general.

We do have recognizable (tongue-in-cheek) negative laws, roughly equivalent to Murphy’s Law.

The First Law of Robotics:  You’re wrong (you set the parameters wrong, the user doesn’t need the robot to do whatever it was you thought they wanted, your model of the environment was wrong, etc.);