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News - April 11, 2014

Robots fly, swim and mow lawns at 'block party'

Silicon Valley Robot Block Party showcases new technologies in Palo Alto

by Sue Dremann

They ranged from funky robot pirates to sleek, sophisticated surgical devices and a robotic guide for the blind that could replace guide dogs. The Silicon Valley Robot Block Party on Wednesday afternoon featured more than 40 robots of every level of simplicity and complexity at Palo Alto law firm WilmerHale.

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Posted by Wayne Martin, a resident of Fairmeadow
on Apr 10, 2014 at 10:27 am

Use of a lawn party is an interesting idea of how to introduce people to the next generation of robots, and robotics, in general.

The link following:
Web Link

points to a short paper containing a goodly number of links to Youtube videos that provide details about the use of robotics in hospitals--which are exceedingly expensive places to operate.

The cost of health care has been sky-rocketing, based on the never-ending demand for higher salaries of unionized health care workers. The introduction of robotics into the hospital environment offers to hold the line on some salaries. However, the whole hospital environment will need to be redesigned so that the Information System will include access to all patient real-time data, so that errors in treatment can be reduced, or at least identified, even if only after-the-fact.

The salary data for the hospital staff in the Sunnyvale hospital, published yesterday in the POST, was pretty scary. There wasn't one person in the article making less than $100K.

It is well past time for every public agency to begin working on technology plans that will see the reduction in the number of personnel by upwards of 30%--with the work these people performed redesigned so that it can be performed via IT (Information Technology) and robotics.

Posted by Meds, a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 10, 2014 at 1:59 pm

Wayne Martin: Care to provide material that proves your [portion removed] statement that: "The cost of health care has been sky-rocketing, based on the never-ending demand for higher salaries of unionized health care workers."? I think you'll find that much of the increase involves ever more costly pieces of equipment, IT implementation and fixes, and more expensive drugs.

Also, I don't think you'd want to be in a hospital where IT and robots replaced 30 percent of the employees.

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