Meet Pepper: first robo-citizen in the Netherlands

Robotics develops rapidly and we can already find robots in our living rooms, companies, health care institutions and schools. Because of the social and technical developments, robots increasingly show human characteristics and even learn how to recognize emotions.

The possibilities are endless. For example, robots can already guide elderly people and help to prevent loneliness. NAO and Pepper are good examples of robots who have been successfully 'employed' for those goals. The question is how long it will take for robots to be completely independent? The future will come sooner as it may seem. What are the consequences of all those rapid technical developments, for example when it comes to ethics? And what will be the impact of robotics on employment? This session will focus on the future and how robotics will change our lives. What are the opportunities and the challenges, especially for people with visual impairment?

Mike van Rijswijk
Mike van Rijswijk started his career with his own business being just 23 in an era the internet thrived. He understood very quickly internet would change the world and would lead to numerous new business opportunities. His good understanding of innovation (and its impact) and his knowledge of the latest digital developments resulted in projects at well known companies such as TPG Post, Vodafone, Funda and the Amstel Gold Race. Today Mike van Rijswijk is involved in multiple companies such as Dutchwork, The Innovation Playground and TEDx Roermond. Surrounded by 3D printers, drones, Google Glass and the latest robots, Mike is always looking for what is coming next. He passionately shares his enthusiasm whether as a public speaker, an innovation consultant or when guiding start-ups and young entrepreneurs.