♦   8   ♦Robotics and Biology: The Inevitable Merging of Man and Machine

As a child, I believed that by the time I grew up, we would all have robots like Rosie, from The Jetsons, cleaning up after us. In this 1960s cartoon show, Rosie is the domestically adroit robot maid of a family, the Jetsons, in the year 2062. The on-demand economy appealed to my juvenile sensibilities: why should anyone waste time doing dishes or folding clothes? And I wasn’t very popular in school; I didn’t have many friends. So I longed for a droid friend like C-3PO, Luke Skywalker’s robot buddy from Star Wars.

Rosie never arrived. Just after the turn of the century, I got a Roomba, an automated vacuum cleaner that goes round and round and gets stuck on rug fringes and ...

Get The Driver in the Driverless Car, 2nd Edition now with O’Reilly online learning.

O’Reilly members experience live online training, plus books, videos, and digital content from 200+ publishers.