I gave a talk about cloud robotics this week at the Berkeley Par Lab . I met a lot of people doing interesting research and I had the opportunity to play with a Raven surgical robot ! Thanks for inviting me, I really enjoyed it! A world filled with personal robots is inevitable but a lack of strong software infrastructure to support those robots is slowing progress. By offloading CPU and data intensive computation to the cloud, we can make robots lighter, cheaper, and smarter. The same developers that work on commodity web and mobile apps today can accelerate the pace of robotics research and development if we make high functioning robots affordable and universally accessible.