Re: Smart way to approach robotics
Exactly, Stratustician. A thought that I didn't find a logical place to work into the article is that this might make the traditional problem of being an apprentice to a skilled craftsman much less onerous (and thus more attractive to young people). Even today people learning fine woodworking, stonecutting, stained glass, musical instrument building, and other ten-thousand-hour skills often spend a year or two degreasing, sweeping, polishing, cutting out rough blocks, etc. Some of the people "weeded out" by not being able to put up with a year as a broom pilot, box unpacker, or polish rag operator might be too impatient to learn the craft, but how many people just don't find that they are called to an occupation with an "initiation" of years of busywork. Give that stuff to Baxter -- who costs much less than a successful skilled craftsman's car -- and let the learners learn!