Robots as a Force for Good
Good interview with famed roboticist, Rodney Brooks. I like this part, and he’s raising an important point about funding automation for social outcomes.
I’m a robotics guy, so every problem I think I can solve has a robotics solution. But what are the sorts of things that are important to humankind, which the current model of either large companies investing in or VCs investing in, aren’t going to solve? For instance: plastics in the ocean. It’s getting worse; it’s contaminating our food chain. But it’s the problem of the commons. Who is going to fund a startup company to get rid of plastics in the ocean? Who’s going to fund that, because who’s going to [provide a return for those investors] down the line?
So I’m more interested in finding places where robotics can help the world but there’s no way currently of getting the research or the applications funded.