According to a ComputerWeekly.com article, MIT robot expert Rodney Brooks suggests two things are needed for wider adoption of robots in home and business. The first is to move closer to truly autonomous robots. He notes that most robots still need human intervention or teleoperation. Today's robots are closer than ever to being autonomous but we're not there yet. He also suggests that the data storage capacity of computers needs to increase a bit more to make robots practical. He expects a typical robot to have 40,000 GB of internal storage by 2015, allowing the storage of such things as a highly detailed map of the entire Earth. Brooks made these comments in a lecture at the BCS/Royal Signals Institution recently. Video of the entire lecture (Flash format) is available online.