The Robot Ecosystem

Here's a neat interactive depiction of the history of robotics since 1950 from a Boston Consulting Group publication. Note the strong focus on industrial robot systems and component infrastructure. As we move closer to 2014 we see a movement towards anthropomorphic systems, unmanned ground and air vehicles, precision surgical robotic assistants and social robotics. 

The future is filled with a rich ecosystem of robots, all of which demand different skills from their human partners.