What would enable to faster progress in robotics research?
Part 2: Historians
One of the other things that would help us progress faster is a better understanding of what ideas have already been tried.
Trite, I know, and readily apparent, and something that applies across most (all?) scientific domains. We’re not an established field like Biology or Chemistry, and we’re effectively still at the very beginning of defining the laws and principles that will be our foundations. If we don’t know what approaches have been tried and failed, and have some sense of why, we won’t be able to define those laws and principles.