Robotics- new opportunities for European businesses
Artificial Intelligence, robotics and big data are revolutionising the way we live and work.
After Dr Daniel Gillblad, a senior researcher and director of the Decisions, Networks and Analytics laboratory at RISE SICS „Artificial Intelligence can be used to automate business processes, production processes and build smart services. In the long run, the power is going to be absolutely transformative. It’s going to change the way we do business.”
Stockholm-based Furhat Robotics has developed a computer interface that can interact with people. The technology is already being piloted in the form of a multi-lingual concierge at Frankfurt airport to help passengers find their flights and get around.
However the robot’s designers have bigger plans. Furhat’s human like qualities could see it used in education and healthcare.“The industry potential is huge and there really is no big player yet," explained Samer Al Moubayed, CEO and co-founder of Furhat Robotics. "This is an open ground, this is new. Robots can be everywhere. At home, in school, in clinics, in shopping malls. So, yeah, if we manage to build the right company, I think we can be extremely big. It’s a head but it’s a very good teaser into what the technology we’re building could deliver - that user experience, that engagement with people. So we imagine robots to be everywhere. Of course, the hardware we’re building, the way the robot looks, is going to evolve. It’s going to change. We might have different robots that look in different ways. It might go into other types of platforms, like virtual reality. You know, meeting characters that you can talk to, in holograms. But as long as we build a very powerful interaction experience, user experience, we can take that into very different form factors.