It can be easy to look at the college degrees of today and proclaim which ones will make you the most money now. But what about degrees that will be all the rage 20 years from now? For the biggest career field of the future, look no further than robotics technology.

While no one has the robotic house servants we all thought we would have by now, robotics has been exploding over the last several years, creating super-powered limbs for amputees and computers that can best the smartest humans. With the reach of the Internet expanding, robots are expected to follow in big way into everyday life.

To get you ready for the impending robot revolution, check out our newest infographic on the history of robotics:

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420 BC – Archytas of Tarentum invented a wooden, steam propelled bird, which was able to fly [ILLUSTRATION]
3rd Century BC – Yan Shi invented one of the earliest descriptions of automata, which appears in the Lie Zi text, on a much earlier encounter between King Mu of Zhou (1023–957 BC) and a mechanical engineer known as Yan Shi, an ‘artificer’. The latter allegedly presented the king with a life-size, human-shaped figure of his mechanical handiwork.
1st Century AD – Automated devices, like a fire engine, a wind organ, a coin-operated machine, and a steam-powered engine
1206 – Al-Jazari invented early humanoid automata, programmable automaton band [ILLUSTRATION]
1495 – Leonardo da Vinci drew designs for a robotic knight
1738 – Jacques de Vaucanson invented a mechanical duck that was able to eat, flap its wings, and excrete [ILLUSTRATION]
1898 – Nikola Tesla demonstrates first radio-controlled vessel.
1921 – First fictional automatons called “robots” appear in the play Rossum’s Universal Robots
1930s and 1940s – Elektro, a humanoid robot, appears at the World’s Fair, courtesy of Westinghouse Electric; could speak about 700 words (using a 78-rpm record player), smoke cigarettes, blow up balloons, and move its head and arms. [ILLUSTRATION]
1961 – First industrial robot, Unimate by Robert Devol, put into service
1974 – First microcomputer-controlled industrial robot, IRB 6,
2002 – Automated vacuum cleaner Roomba launches, selling over 8 million units over the next decade
2005 – First nanobot built in Shenyang, China [ILLUSTRATION]
2009 – TOPIO humanoid robot plays ping pong at Tokyo International Robot Exhibition
2011 – Watson Supercomputer bests former Jeopardy champions to win $1-million prize [ILLUSTRATION]
2012 – Google’s self-driving car successfully completes 300,000 miles of road tests
2014 – Pentagon announces plans to replace 25% of U.S. soldiers with robots by 2030 [ILLUSTRATION]


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