A consortium of robotics experts published an updated Roadmap for US Robotics — a document that is designed to help Congress understand the current state of robotics so that policymakers can determine where to allocate resources.
The first edition was put together in 2009 by 160 people, with half of the contributors from industry and half from academia. This Roadmap led the Obama administration to create the National Robotics Initiative, which provided up to $70 million in research funding for next-generation robotics.
Robotics research has progressed dramatically in recent years, and although researchers updated the document in 2013, they revisited it again this year, ahead of the 2016 presidential election.
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