Toward autonomous architecture: The convergence of digital design, robotics, and the built environment

The way we design, construct, and inhabit buildings is changing—moving toward greater integration of robotic and autonomous systems that challenge our preconceived notions of how buildings are made, what they are, or what they should be.

The built environment of the future will be fundamentally different from that of today. Progress in robotics and autonomous systems (RAS), and more broadly computer science (CS), is unifying the activities of design and construction by bringing the designer and the maker closer together. As architecture embraces greater levels of autonomy to address industry needs for greater productivity, understanding the future role of design is important, particularly in consideration of human activity and values.

Science Robotics  26 Apr 2017:
Vol. 2, Issue 5, eaan3686
DOI: 10.1126/scirobotics.aan3686

UK RAS - Manufacturing whitepaper

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This whitepaper discusses the role of RAS in making UK manufacturing more productive and highlights the future trends, opportunities and challenges for UK manufacturing to keep up with technological change. The UK-RAS white papers are intended to serve as a basis for discussing the future technological roadmaps, engaging the wider community and stakeholders, as well as policy makers in assessing the potential social, economic and ethical/legal impact of RAS. It is our plan to provide annual updates for these white papers so your feedback is essential - whether it be pointing out inadvertent omissions of specific areas of development that need to covered, or major future trends that deserve further debate and in-depth analysis.