The World We Dream- Bruno Maisonnier Zeitgeist Americas 2012

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[ Music ] [Music stops]
[ Applause ] >>Robot: Hello Bruno.
>>Bruno Maisonnier: Hi, NAO. >>Robot: Finally there, let me remind you
that you have a presentation today. >>Bruno Maisonnier: Actually we're already
in. >>Robot: Well, I guess that's why there's
so many people in here. Hi, everyone. [ Laughter ]
>>Bruno Maisonnier: NAO, NAO? >>Robot: Yes, Bruno?
>>Bruno Maisonnier: Can you tell us what you are useful for?
>>Robot: What a stupid question. [ Laughter ]
>>Bruno Maisonnier: Thank you. >>Robot: Do you ask what a PC is useful for?
No. When a laptop is programmed, you can do everything you want. It is the same for me.
But in much more interactive and friendly than a PC. I'm humanoid. Imagine all you can
do with me. I can teach or entertain children. (Robotic
sounds). I can assist the elderly people, help the humans, be a smart companion. One
day, everyone will have a robot at home and we will never remember what a computer is.
I'm the next evolution of the user interface. Piece of cake.
[ Laughter ] >>Bruno Maisonnier: Thank you, NAO.
>>Robot: [Crying] >>Bruno Maisonnier: That's okay. Look at the
power of the body language. Look how easy, much easier it is to interact with this robot,
with a humanoid robot with a companion than with a device. Even for my own mother, she
doesn't have any Android device, iPhone, iPad. Well, she had but she's not using them. So
she's using it. She likes it. So this kind of robot, interactive robot, much more powerful,
you know, to bring people to this digital world, to the connected world.
Think about all what your developers, what your team, what you could do as application
for that. Yesterday I got good news. Because every -- at
the beginning and many people during the day spoke about robot, the next big thing coming.
Great. Well, I got some bad news, too, because I'm European, even worse French, so I understood
that I'm in an economy that will forever be in trouble.
[ Laughter ] >>Bruno Maisonnier: My English is not very
good, but forever looks like a long time. [ Laughter ]
>>Bruno Maisonnier: So let's come back to the robot. We dream about robot for decades,
we've been told they are coming soon. Now they are here. It's no more for tomorrow.
This one exists. You can program it. You can do whatever you want. He has brothers, we
are finalizing the big brother this size. So in order to have a much faster, much interactive
one. And this robot existing as hardware platform, which is very difficult to do, so we did it.
We provide whoever want this platform. We have elementary bridge of software, thanks
to you, for face recognition, for voice recognition, whatever, and then we are working at the application.
We are developing the application. We have an application store that hundreds of developers
are -- are using. >>Robot: [ Music ]
>>Bruno Maisonnier: Hey, keep quiet. [ Music ]
>>Robot: Sorry. [ Laughter ]
>>Bruno Maisonnier: He has some behavioral -- autonomous behaviors. So I want to highlight
some of the different application, but what I want you to understand as my first message,
robots are here. The second message is if you want to change the world, there are very
good robot vacuum cleaner robot, it's perfect at doing a good job, but they're not changing
the world. What we change the world are companion robots. Humanoid robots. Robots everyone will
be comfortable in interacting with. And these robots, coupled with cloud computing, wow,
very powerful. So I want to give you some example.
The first one is about my mother. She's living alone, she's monitored by a French insurance
company. She has some kind of awful watch, checking
whether she falls down, she's moving, or whatever and she hates that. She hates being discriminated,
being seen as someone that has to be monitored. So as soon as she is receiving friends or
grandchildren, she's putting the watch away and of course forget it after. So that means
that insurance company is -- has to make a (indiscernible) removal, and is spending huge
money for that. So they came and asked me: Is it possible to experiment with robots?
Is it possible to try putting a robot? Not for have a smart one who will detect what
will happen. Just to have a robot that the core center will be able to take control of
-- for the (indiscernible) removal. Of course the response is yes, the answer is yes. We
need that. But the important fact it's not yet because robot existing. We could have
the presence robot. It's yes because she's accepting the robot. Because it's a companion,
she's accepting it at home. When she has her grandchildren, the robot is story teller,
the robot is playing games, quiz, whatever. She's using some kind of Skype to get phones
through the robot, so it's a robot that is already well accepted by her. And is the most
important for -- for point, I don't want to have a mechanical robot somewhere in the corridor
of my mother's flat and having her closed in her room scared of the robot. So we need
to have very well accepted. That's why we have these kind of shapes and this will change
the world. I foresee a world in a very few years where
seniors will save a few years of autonomy thanks to the robot before going to specialized
houses. And this day we will have millions of robots. Each and everyone will have a robot.
The cost of this one is about 15,000 USD. So it's not very important. It's important
it's existing. We produce, we sold 3,000 around the globe, so we're now producing. It's a
product. Price will decrease, so it's something that will be really affordable.
So each and everyone will be able to have a robot. Then you can't imagine the number
of millions of jobs that we would have in designing the robots, in designing the software
and all of the services around that. A totally new activity sector is coming and
thanks to this kind of robot it will change the world. I want to highlight two of the
examples. >>Robot: (Sneezing).
>>Bruno Maisonnier: Bless you. >>Robot: Sorry.
>>Bruno Maisonnier: It's the air conditioning, probably. First example that I want to give
you is about autistic kids. You know they are not able or very badly to interact with
people. Some are not able to interact at all. But to have an intrinsic interest in technology,
they are very comfortable in interacting with these kind of robots, these kind of tools.
So we are working with Notre Dame University in Indiana and many other research labs about
autism, in having this robot as a tool for the educator.
And it has been proven that it's providing the higher interest in the studying, in the
lessons from the kids and then helping them more efficiently to grow. And we have an example
where a robot can do something that we cannot do. It's not substitution of our jobs. It's
something more that we cannot do and that robot can do.
I want to give you another opportunity, another thing that is happening with robot. Here I'm
far beyond humanoid robot. It's about other kinds of robots. It's Green Wall, I don't
know if you know this project. We want to stabilize deserts. It's difficult. And there
are deserts in Africa, Middle East, China, a lot. The most efficient way to stabilize
that we found is to plant trees. But billions of trees.
Trees are stabilizing the desert as well as providing shadow, wood, helping local agriculture.
So it's a powerful means to grow and to take care of the desert. The program is not very
easy. It is very hot and unfriendly environment to plant trees and to care about them. So
there is an idea to have swarms of robots. One of them digging a hole, another one planting
a tree, another one providing watering with just minimum capacity of water, another one
with pesticides if needed, plus you have some autonomous robots that will supply them from
the remote warehouse. And we have this idea of having thousands
of swarms of robots controlled by satellites, and this will help planting and caring about
of billions of trees. You know this project, Green Wall is very challenging. But it's feasible.
It's something that -- that will help stabilizing deserts and you know what? It's already ongoing.
It's already begun. So it is something that's happening with robots. Robots are really here
helping people, so I wanted to give you some ideas, some -- [phone ringing]
>>Robot: Hi (indiscernible) >>Bruno Maisonnier: Hey, NAO.
>>Robot: He's in a meeting, he's busy. Do you want me to take a message?
Okay. See you. Sorry. >>Bruno Maisonnier: No, thank you. No more
driving. I don't know where I was. So I wanted to give you some example. Now the important
question is, is this platform existing. It's affordable, it's robust, it can fall down
without breaking. Then with all of this software infrastructure, it allow developers everywhere
different, company business, to develop application to develop the user (indiscernible) and then
to turn that into the really next revolution in the very short term.
So it's the main message that I wanted to tell you, the robots for better living are
already knocking at your door. Thank you very much.
[ Applause ]