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March 26, 2018

How WeRobotics aims to bridge the digital divide in robotics (VIDEO)

By ITU News

In the age of artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things (IoT), the robotics industry will be pivotal in helping to bring important innovation that improves lives. Yet, many developing countries don’t yet have the type of domestic robotics industry growth needed ensure robotics innovation matches local needs and provides local jobs.

In an effort to address this digital divide, WeRobotics is working to strengthen local capacity in developing countries, said Sanja Betschart, Co-Founder and Chief Entrepreneurship Officer of WeRobotics, in an interview during last week’s World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Forum in Geneva, Switzerland.

WeRobotics is building aid, health and environmental solutions by sustainably localizing robotics technology, such as drones, Ms. Betschart said.

“There’s a digital divide that the industry is not going to cross over, because the markets are possibly too small for the foreseeable future and this is why we decided to take that in our own hands.” – Sanja Betschart, Co-Founder and Chief Entrepreneurship Officer, WeRobotics

Ms. Betschart also stresses the importance of bringing together all the stakeholders involved, including: governments, local communities, NGOs and relevant robotics manufacturers.

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How WeRobotics aims to bridge the digital divide in robotics (VIDEO)

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