Segolene Roche

Describe yourself: Who you are and what you're doing?
Hi, I'm Segolene Roche. I used to be Communications Manager at Gostai, a major French robotics company. I'm currently working as a freelance Communications Consultant for clients that need help devising communications strategies for their startups.

How did your interest in robots / robotics start?
I first became interested in robots when I read Isaac Asimov's robot-themed short stories back when I was a pre-teen, like many readers of Vive Les Robots! I guess. I grew up in the late 1980s-early 1990s so I had already seen robots in fiction on TV, but it was the first time I read about ethics and robotics. I thought it was fascinating and it led me to work for a company that believes we can live and work alongside robots, something that I agree with. I was even lucky enough to use Jazz many times over the past year.

 

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What kind of actions needs to be done in the community to increase the interest and the awareness of robots / robotics?
The first thing the community should do is increase awareness: there are lots of companies, labs and amateur roboticists around the world that make incredible discoveries all the time. However, the general public tends not to notice it because there is only little information on the subject. In France, the Syndicate for Robotics Syrobo has started doing just this: making people aware through conferences, sending the press information about robotics and even organizing a yearly fair on service robotics. What the community must do is use as many different ways as it can to show that robots are not Sci-fi anymore. If possible, the European robotics community should lobby so the European Union will understand a major industry is blooming in Europe and investors should turn to robotics right now if they want to be a part of it. Japan and Korea have done just that, and France has just created a fund for robotics companies in France. What the robotics community needs is both spreading information using major figures like national politicians in favour of innovation, and get governments to fund research in robotics enough so the projects can become available for as many people as possible as soon as possible.

If you have any closing remarks or comments about robots / robotics, then go ahead.
On a personal scale, what everyone can do is talk about research in robotics, explain to their acquaintances what's going on and what it means for the near future. This is easy to do and it will make a difference if everyone does it a little at a time. Vive Les Robots! is doing a very good job at making it easier for everyone to get the information, so I'd like to congratulate you on the huge amount of work you've done for the community.

[image source: Ségolène Roche, Gostai]
[source: Vive Les Robots!]

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Ségolène Roche used to be Communications Manager at Gostai, a major French robotics company. Now she is currently working as a freelance Communications Consultant for clients that need help devising communications strategies for their startups.

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Jazz is a mobile telepresence robot created by Gostai Robotics. In 2011 Vive Les Robots! followed Jazz in its first year in the case study "Gostai Jazz: From 0 to 1".

In each episode we asked Jazz about its experiences and Ségolène Roche was the human voice of Jazz.

 

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