Paper: Generation R / Robotic Natives – IEEE EmergiTech 2016

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IEEE EmergiTech 2016 Conference

The 2016 IEEE International Conference on Emerging Technologies and Innovative Business Practices for the Transformation of Societies (IEEE EmergiTech 2016) was organised jointly with the University of Technology, Mauritius (UTM) and aims to provide an interdisciplinary forum where industry, Government, and academia will meet to discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns regarding the evolution of technology and its impact on societies and businesses. The conference included 10 symposia reflecting the latest technological developments and research interests. The program also featured a rich set of workshops and tutorials as well as a featured exhibition space that provided the attendees with a distinctive conference experience.


Robotics, automation, smart machines and artificial intelligence are currently in the center of public perception. We are facing a disruptive megatrend that will have at least as much impact on the next half a century as the internet had on the last five decades. As robotics is steadily starting to penetrate and enrich all domains of human society, our grandchildren will grow up as a Generation ‘R’ of Robotic Natives. This paper explains the basic concept of the already broadly adopted concept of Generation ‘R’.