As 2022 comes to an end, it's time to step back and take a retrospective look at the past 12 months. In yet another turbulent year worldwide, we saw how robotics can help for the betterment of humanity (COVID crisis, climate change, etc.), and we also witnessed highly polarizing use of robotics. Let's travel through memory lane and unpack the last year in robotics, revisiting the trends that 2022 presented!
Of course, robots are also supporting one of the biggest public health problems in a century. Going into year three of COVID, robots are still helping us navigate the pandemic-era world. We saw stories about how robots continue to support humanity through this challenging time, including:
Even though it is a highly polarizing subject, we can't ignore that robots were used in warfare and law enforcement. We saw many stories showing the militarization of robotics; battlefields are testing and proving grounds for robotics of all kinds. Robotics is on full display on Ukraine's battlefields this year following Russia's invasion, and that deployment is covered (in great detail) by many sources.
Militarization in robotics isn't limited to battlefields, however. More stories cover the use of robotics in law enforcement in domestic situations. It's something to wonder about (and debate).
On the brighter side of things, we also witnessed how robotics evolved for delivery, transportation, healthcare, etc. Some of the highlights?
Those are a few of the inspiring, captivating stories about how robotics are helping to build a brighter future.
Robotics helped tackle with maintenance and clean-up challenges, especially in (or on) our world's oceans! Here are some of the highlight stories:
Marine life keeps inspiring robotic developments too:
Those are a few of the big stories we saw throughout 2022. As we move into 2023, it's important to reflect on the last year's events in robotics. For better or worse, the year reflected our highs and lows (on which we can definitely debate). However, in many stories, we saw how robotics is working for the betterment of humanity: robots helped clean our oceans, battled the pandemic, traveled across the solar system, and even grabbed beverages for humans (hey, everyone deserves a little soda break every so often).
One final note for everyone: we'd like to take the opportunity to give a giant, massive "thank you" for all the support over the year. It's been our distinct pleasure to deliver this news and these insights to you, and we can't wait to see what next year has in store.
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Picture Credit: Chris Monroe/CNET / NASA / Brynn Anderson, Associated Press / Northwestern University