In 2023, the world will have witnessed massive leaps forward in robotics technology. Artificial intelligence and robotics research has been advancing more quickly than ever in the past decade, with some significant steps already taken within the last couple of years alone. Robotics engineers are now beginning to develop robots that are capable of performing a large range of tasks, from picking and packing products to guiding a customer through a store or even providing medical assistance. Robots can be split into three distinct categories. Firstly, there are static robots which are programmed to perform a predetermined task and remain stationary. Secondly, there are autonomous mobile robots which are able to move around and interact with their surroundings without direct control by a human. Finally, there are telepresence robots which allow humans to monitor, control and interact with their surroundings through a robotic interface. By 2023, robots will be far more advanced than they have ever been before. Dynamic programming algorithms used by robots today will be upgraded so that they are able to learn from their environment much quicker than before. Scientists are particularly focusing on the development of general-purpose robots which don’t require specific programming for each task. These next-generation robots will be able to understand spoken commands and adapt their behaviour based on the situation at hand. Robots will be more common in the workplace in 2023 as well. Advanced robots will be used for assembly line production, painting, welding and packing consumer goods into boxes amongst many other tasks. As well as being an invaluable resource for businesses, robotic workers can also ensure more accurate production with lower defects. This could lead to a more productive working environment with less downtime and higher efficiency overall. So far, most robots tend to look like humans in terms of their shape and size. In 2023 however, shape-shifting robots which can change shape based on the task at hand may become commonplace. This could potentially revolutionize manufacturing by allowing multiple different components and materials to be used simultaneously on one robot without having to re-program it every time. The use of robotics technology is only likely to increase in the years ahead – so by 2023 we can expect even more advanced robotics than ever before.