Insights · March 3rd, 2007

I noticed a CNN article about a Japanese robot serving tea today.

Bill Gates wrote an article about robotics that appeared in Scientific American in January, where he makes the case that robotics today is where PC manufacturing was about the time Bill Gates and others started Microsoft. I think he’s right, and that Japan is way ahead of us. Not just because they are serving tea: The ten-year-old in my household recently brought home an article about cool future technologies that highlighted a Japanese medical robot that can lift an 80 pound patient.

Earlier this week, I was at a meeting where the speakers were technology venture captalists. I asked them about investments in robotics here, and they said the level of investment is low even though the overall level of VC investment is fairly high right now.

I do know that the personal robotics market is supposed to grow significantly in the next few years. We need to do more investing here if we want piece of the action.

Brenda Cooper

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