2. Autonomous robots
Breakthroughs in sensor technology are helping robots gain a much better understanding of the world around them. We are still coming to grips with cars and trucks that can drive themselves, but the upshot is freedom from wasting time stuck in traffic as our cars become mobile offices. We also face a wave of autonomous robots capable of navigating their way through dangerous environments, such as burning buildings or deep sea chasms, making work much safer for a lot of people.