Robots have been around for decades with the first one joining General Motors’ assembly line in 1961. It’s however only these last couple of years with rapid advances in technology that robotics has started capturing mainstream media and consumer attention.

As is the case with most exponential technologies there are opposing views: one of fear and risk of job loss due to automation, and one of increased productivity and safety.

Elevator Pitch

“We should tax the robot that takes your job.” – Bill Gates

🤯 Dr. Hanson, the creator of Sophia, says androids will share the same civil rights as humans by the year 2045, including the right to marry both people and other robots.

Core concepts

  • Kinematics – The field of science which studies the motion of objects and involves the planning and control of movement.
  • Perception – How robots perceive the world and their own movements. This is about situational awareness and the robot’s understanding of ‘What’s around me?”.
  • Localization and mapping – Techniques to estimate the location of a robot in an environment. This is key to achieving high levels of autonomy in robot navigation.

Key Benefits

  • Increase productivity

  • Improve safety

  • Make work more pleasant & fun

How Robotics is disrupting industries

Asia might be leading the robotic revolution, but widespread automation is coming to nations across the globe.
Let’s look at the technology’s growing importance and applicability across a range of diverse industries.

  • Manufacturing

  • Construction

  • Healthcare

  • Retail

  • Agriculture


Find a Course

Excited to learn more about exponential technology? Interested in becoming a machine learning engineer, data scientist or genomics specialist? Browse our catalogue of curated courses and empower yourself with the necessary tools to advance your career.

Top disruptive startups


  • Arduino

  • Mathworks

  • LEGO Mindstorms

  • Coppelia Robotics