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Robotics 2.0

The Robot Revolution and What It Will Mean to You

Andra Keay

We really are facing a robot revolution, but the hype and misinformation in media conceals the information that you need to know; about the technology timeline and the implications for you, for your company, for your employees and family, whatever industry you are in. In 2015, the head of the DARPA Robotics Challenge, Gill Pratt, said that we are experiencing a ‘Cambrian Explosion’ in robotics. What are the technological, economic and social drivers, and the corresponding implications of this robot revolution? How can we evolve to flourish in this new era?

What you'll learn-and how you can apply it

  • Understand the history and limitations of current robotics technology.
  • Identify the characteristics of new robotics technologies, the pace of change and the ensuing opportunities or issues.
  • Explore the current commercial robotics landscape, and the likely 5 year, 10 year, 20 year timeline.
  • Observe the research robotics landscape which will create the robotics technologies of the near future.
  • Learn how robotics (embodied AI) automation can improve your workflows
  • Gain some ideas on how you can implement robotics

This training course is for you because...

  • You need to make decisions about technology strategy for your company, to understand what is hype, what is real and what is really next.
  • Relevant to you whether you have engineering and computer science background or not.
  • This won’t help you build robots, but will help you understand the business of robots.


  • No prior knowledge is required, but reading Rodney Brook’s excellent essay on the history of AI showcases both the history and many of the misconceptions involved in robotics and AI.

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About your instructor

  • Andra Keay is the Managing Director of Silicon Valley Robotics, the non-profit industry group supporting innovation and commercialization of robotics technologies. Andra is also founder of the Robot Launch global startup competition, Robot Garden maker space, Women in Robotics and is a mentor, investor and advisor to startups, accelerators and think tanks, with a strong interest in commercializing socially positive robotics and AI.


The timeframes are only estimates and may vary according to how the class is progressing

Segment 1: What is robotics? (45 minutes)

  • Brief history of robots (10 minutes)
  • First 50 years of the robot industry and key players (15 minutes)
  • Examples across the industry (15 minutes)
  • Break + Q&A Length (5 minutes)

Segment 2: Robotics 2.0 - the robot revolution (90 minutes)

  • Difference between ‘Robotics 1.0’ and ‘Robotics 2.0’ (15 minutes)
  • The technological for this transformation (25 minutes)
  • Break + Q&A (5 minutes)
  • The economic and social drivers for this transformation (20 minutes)
  • Examples across a range of industries (20 minutes)
  • Break + Q&A Length (5 minutes)

Segment 3: What’s coming next? (45min)

  • Moravec’s Paradox and the characteristics of ‘Robotics 3.0’ (15 minutes)
  • Timeline Prediction (10 minutes)
  • Examples of robotics research (15 minutes)
  • Break + Q&A Length (5 minutes)

Course wrap-up and next steps (send in questions!)