National program to develop and use robots must be promoted, says R&D council

The National Council for Research and Development has proposed that a countrywide program for R&D in the field of robotics be launched to advance society and the economy. More sophisticated robots could greatly contribute to the quality of life of many sectors, including the disabled and the elderly, said the council, which is part of the Science, Technology and Space Ministry.
The project has an economic potential of hundreds of billions of dollars, including exports. A special report on the project was presented Tuesday at the Herzliya Conference. The Japanese government alone has estimated that by 2035, the market for robots in that country alone will exceed $100 billion.
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