Next Gen Tech: Robots

The next giant leap for AI isn't just digital; it's embodied – with robots giving this nascent technology a physical form.

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Vanessa Cook

June 2024

Key takeaways

  • What if generative AI (GenAI) could interact with the physical world? It could learn from a wider environment's worth of data and teach itself to do tasks that it was not pre-programmed to do, potentially changing the way we live and work in a countless ways.
  • Enter robots: Robots use AI to interact with the physical world and learn from their interactions. They are equipped with a range of sensors and computer vision to take in data from the real world. Combined with GenAI, they can 'learn' from this data and exhibit conversational and situational awareness.
  • But different robots serve different purposes. Here, we discuss the next generation of robots: humanoid robots, industrial robots and cobots, and autonomous vehicles, drones, and a myriad of other forms of embodied AI in action.
  • Bank of America Institute's 'Next Gen Tech' series explores 30 breakthrough technologies across artificial intelligence (AI), computing, robots, communication, healthcare, energy and mobility, that are about to alter our lives. Join us as we discuss what's next on the tech horizon.

Read our full analysis for a more in-depth look at these trends.

This publication is part of Bank of America Institute’s ‘Next Gen Tech’ series – focused on sharing 30 breakthrough technologies that will transform the world. Each week, we’ll highlight one of seven categories (artificial intelligence, computing, robots, communication, healthcare, energy and transport), and share advancements within each, so stay tuned for more.

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