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Global Management Forum 2021

'Trust' will decide robotics winners and losers: iRobot chief

Roomba vacuum maker says demand surged during pandemic

iRobot founder and CEO Colin Angle tells Nikkei Asia how companies can reduce unease about our robotic future.

TOKYO -- Robotics companies that create trust between humans and machines will grab the advantage as automation expands across industries, according to the founder and head of robot vacuum cleaner maker iRobot.

Many fear robots will take jobs away from humans as we hurtle toward a future where their intelligence outstrips ours. But iRobot chairman Colin Angle believes companies can ease such concerns by making it clear what value their robots offer.

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