The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers in Second Life sends along the news that next week is National Robotics Week. The purpose of National Robotics Week is to "educate the public about how robotics technology impacts society, both now and in the future," and "inspire students of all ages to pursue careers in robotics and other Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math-related fields."
Last year, there were events all over the United States involving 46,000 people. This year, the IEEE is bringing the festivities to the virtual world with a host of activities including:
- In-world presentations
- Tours of virtual robotics and AI applications
- Game engine AI applications
- Training & simulation robots
- Large scale bot culture communities
- Virtual learning centers
- A Robot hunt
- Week-long virtual robot building competition with prizes
I for one welcome our virtual bot overlords.