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SXSW Interactive 2016

Robots Taking Over at Work: Why It’s a Good Thing

The Jetsons’ Rosie the Robot isn’t going to take your job. But robots and augmented reality will succeed in the business world, and these technologies are already bringing the reality of physical presence to remote workers. Join Rowan Trollope, SVP of Cisco’s $4B Collaboration business and startup advisor, and Colin Angle, CEO of leading robotics company and Roomba creator iRobot, to explore how robotics is entering the workplace, where augmented reality fits into the equation for a more connected workforce, and why freelancers, manufacturing experts, doctors and entrepreneurs who want to virtually “teleport” into an office should take notice.

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  1. Why will robotics and augmented reality make my job more effective, instead of more complex?
  2. How do we avoid the uncanny valley, “creepy” feeling of semi-lifelike robots, augmented reality and new presence technology?
  3. How will robotics help improve physical presence and change the way I live and work?


  • Rowan Trollope, Senior Vice President, Cisco Collaboration, Cisco
  • Colin Angle, CEO, iRobot


Ashley Nelson, Mgr, Text100

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