Between 2016 and 2018, there have been roughly 165 robots created. Those robots include humans like designers and specialists who work on sets and tech gadgets, or vision and sensing technicians that help make virtual and augmented reality headsets.

The federal government’s director of robotics, Jim Barnes, is working on one man-sized project.

He says five years ago, he came across a robot called B.1 and decided to take a course on making robots.

Barnes says there was a problem with figuring out how to make these robots, because there were so many developers, even when they knew how to make them.

“We didn’t really know how many people were going to be willing to use them because it just wasn’t a systematic process that created the product,” says Barnes.

That’s when Barnes began making a pitch to the technology he believes is in the pipeline. He says he’s been honing on a list of the most promising firms that are working on robots that will be meaningful for people in 2018.

“I think that’s going to be something exciting for the world,” says Barnes.