Exciting news recently in the realm of robotics and public policy. Robotics is recommended as a Science and Technology Priority for the 2012 budget. The recent OSTP/OMB memo lists six challenge areas, the first of which is “Promoting sustainable economic growth and job creation,” and one of the three recommendations in this section is:
“Support R&D in advanced manufacturing to strengthen U.S. robotics, cyber-physical systems, and flexible manufacturing.”
Congratulations to Henrik Christensen and all of those in the robotics community that have worked hard over the past couple of years to educate the science and technology policy makers about the ways in which robotics research and development can have a positive impact on the U.S. economy and society.