The Robot Revolution


When I was a kid, I thought when I grew up I might have a robot maid, just like Rosie on the Jetsons. But I am still waiting on that one. However, for a while now, I have been paying attention to how robots are changing our lives. As new technologies become smaller and more affordable, these machines are moving from the factory floor to our homes and communities.


For a long time, most robots were big and expensive. They did the tasks that are boring or dangerous for humans to do. A robot welder in a factory never gets tired or makes mistakes like a human welder does.

Now, robots are everywhere it seems. Where I live, agriculture is big business, and I expect that robots will soon transform the lives of the world’s farmers. This robot, being built in Australia, knows how to herd cows.

If you’ve ever tried to move cattle around, you know it is hard, and sometimes even dangerous work.

Another robot I really like is the robotic telepresence. This kind lets people visit another place seeing and moving through space such as a museum or school by using the robot.

Do you like 3-D printers? This is really a type of small robot that knows how to manufacture items through an additive process.

How about those cool quadcopters? Yep. Robot. Here’s a video a neighbor took of the town where I live.

My question to you is, if you could have any kind of robot in the world to help improve your life, what kind of robot would you get, and why? I can’t wait to hear about your dream robot!

(By the way, mine is a driverless car robot so I could sleep or do work during my morning commute!)

2 thoughts on “The Robot Revolution

  1. Hi Mr. Genereux,

    I thought that this post about robots was very interesting. I definitely agree with how much robots are a part of our daily lives. It had never occurred to me before to think about 3-d printers and quadcopters as robots, but it makes sense now that I think about it. The robot that I would get would probably be this It’s basically an automated vertical takeoff and landing flying car. Probably won’t be available for a while though. But it looks really interesting!


    1. Dear Alex,

      I love the idea of a flying car. George Jetson had one in the 1960’s cartoon so I grew up thinking about them. The first time I read about a flying car that looked like the real thing was in Popular Mechanics in 1991.

      Popular Mechanics 1991 Flying Car

      I’m still anxiously waiting for this to become a reality. Even when they do, I doubt I will ever be able to afford one.

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