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Robophobia and how to cure it - why robots need to meet human needs and not just look like us


This week's World Robot Conference 2021 in Beijing, China was an e-Town industry expo that saw over 110 corporate and academic research exhibitors – largely Chinese – fill three halls with more than 500 different B2B and B2C robotic technologies.

The 2021 event revealed a much greater business and industrial focus than previous years’ more consumer-oriented solutions, with many products revealing mature, sector-specific applications, particularly in manufacturing, public service roles, and logistics.

Energy, biomedicine, and aviation were among the other industries represented, while robotics for extreme environments, such as space, offshore engineering, deep mining, and nuclear decommissioning remain development hotspots in the US, UK, and Europe.

In Beijing, technologies on display included the inevitable humanoids and androids; mobile robots for use in factories and warehouses; service robots for public liaison and other tasks; robotic arms and hands; exoskeletons, power suits, and other wearable devices, such as ‘e-knees’, which enhance, strengthen, or ...


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