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Blair lot of new concerns about man vs machine relying too much on technology because of what everybody capital long but the CEO of I robot says the practical robots that his company makes.
Can really make a positive difference Colin Angle chairman CEO -- iRobot.
Joins us right now -- thanks for joining us.
My pleasure -- a lot of -- think of like the had gag robot did that that -- around our kitchen and pick up -- but this is at a much higher level we're talking about practical robots like security and defense robots.
Consumer and health care industries can be affected by this.
You could ever really a broad impact here.
We've been finding more and more applications are robot technologies -- not only the -- and a half million rumors out -- we have 4500.
Military robots and Iraq and Afghanistan doing.
Humans work with the soldiers defusing bombs and improvised explosive devices than you're right the health care applications.
We just had a major announcement last week for.
Launch robot that will allow doctors.
To actually diagnose.
People with different -- ailments across the globe.
Confidence extraordinary stuff in particular IED it's it's it's wonderful to see yeah -- taken a place of human beings would get hurt on that but.
In light of what's happened -- capital I don't know if you if you heard our discussion with the CFTC commissioner but there a lot of people saying it.
May be robots have gone too far in certain aspects of the society where they try to do the thinking forced the reasoning force a kind of common sense stuff that some people think robots will never be capable of doing what do you think of that debate.
Well I think that -- Robust follow rules and if we have the rules right to them the right things happen and that's the challenge for the robots that we develop.
-- that the rules are very simple -- a robot is backing a Florida has to deal with.
Really getting on your couch and getting a complete coverage it's not trying to do higher order.
Physics and for the soldiers we really operate with a pretty strict command and control for robot has defusing a bomb.
You need to have that human in the loop to make sure the right things happened so.
I think technology can be it could tremendous boon to society.
As long as you don't ask it to do more than it's capable of doing.
You know where we have problems.
-- you know these are errors and and too much reliance on robots to quickly without the -- safeguards as -- and certainly not something that typically -- well.
Give us more about the Arab TV and invite a robot I think we just had indeed and I bet that is fascinating -- allows doctors actually.
I diagnose and look at a patient remote -- Right to this is a partnership with a company called in touch health and what it does is allow.
A robot when they eat and I pattern android tablet to actually.
Up project himself to a hospital -- could be thousands of miles away.
And zoom in and get very high quality high Def.
Video and audio footage plus feed the data from that's coming up the other physiological monitors and so that.
That's specialist who might be unique in the world could weigh in.
And provide critical information to make sure that that patient gets the right care and the right decisions are made so it's.
Brilliant fantastic ability to bring expertise to bearer on what can be very challenging cases.
Let let me just a little bit about your back right you're you're an MIT guy of course the FaceBook guys famous leader MIT.
I'm wondering if MIT and other technology schools because of the marketplace interest in what you guys are doing.
Is becoming more of a business school than a School of Technology what do you think.
Well I think that -- ideas that fantastic culture of entrepreneurship them I you know I was -- for charity which produced.
Five -- six entrepreneurs just within a few years I was there aren't so that it's.
There is an attitude that we are inventing things.
And if he -- something what better outcome than being able to see it all the way through and build a yes successful public company around -- -- so is there are a danger that the cure or kind of research.
Is being compromised at all -- By business interest or is it all in the same pile.
You know I think that the I don't I don't think so I think that the re search.
-- an idea that you could turn it into a business is actually very powerful because.
A lot of times research happens and isolation with the need and that the two don't intersect.
But if you're designing a robot with this idea that you want to go out and defuse a bomb -- it's a wonderful.
And if you can actually succeed in doing -- you've -- value for the world and has results.
You know the the types of products that iRobot has has developed.
Actually go out and have impact.
And as opposed just being -- demonstrations and science projects and really I think that's what it's all about technology that helps the world balance saves saves lives saves lives were soldiers and -- Colin Angle great to see -- thank you for coming in appreciate.
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