Today’s Spotlight features a photograph, taken by Dominick Reuter
, of autonomous robots assembling a chair.
Today’s industrial robots are remarkably efficient —, as long as they’re in a controlled environment where everything is exactly where they expect it to be.
But put them in an unfamiliar setting, where they have to think for themselves, and their efficiency plummets. And the difficulty of ad hocon-the-fly motion planning increases exponentially with the number of robots involved. For even a simple collaborative task, a team of, say, three autonomous robots might have to think for several hours to come up with a plan of attack.
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