Robots that Don't Look like Robots

From Astro Teller, Captain of Moonshots at Google[x], speaking at a panel at Stanford's DFJ Entrepreneurial Thought Leaders Series:

If you have sensing, you have computation, and you have actuation, then in a very general sense you are a robot.

Non-traditional robotics, a concept that according to Astro, is already changing the world:

...in the sense of robots as walking mechanical people, I don’t know how fast thats really going to change the world, but I see a lot of these issues about bringing techniques fro machine learning, from mechanical engineering, from ways of embedding intelligence into products as an alternative to making them mechanically safer or mechanically cheaper, I see that as a very general thing that we are gonna be able to do over and over again, to solve problems in the world.

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