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Many technology leaders have likened the explosive growth of robotics to the spectacular expansion of the internet in the 1990s. Robots seem to be everywhere and unavoidable.
Oregon State University’s College of Engineering has established a new research institute to advance the theory, design, development and deployment of robots and intelligent systems able to interact seamlessly with people.
Building robots that are entirely soft requires the development of new components from valves to circuits, as well as ways to control deformable arms.
Robots are poised to impact society in ways as momentous and life-altering as the introduction of the automobile or the personal computer — technologies that forced humanity to adapt and changed the course of human history.