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Can Robots Make Good Teammates?

Can Robots Make Good Teammates?

Source: Medium

In every hospital labor and delivery department, a resource nurse decides which patients go to which room, which nurses care for which patients, and much more. “It’s a lot to keep in your head,” says Kristen Jerrier, a resource nurse in the labor and delivery department at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. “Her job is actually more computationally complex than that of an air traffic controller,” adds Julie Shah, who directs the Interactive Robotics Group in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Shah is developing a decision-support system embodied in a small desktop robot that can help Jerrier and other nurses make easy decisions, freeing up their attention for more difficult or complex decisions. Jerrier was skeptical that a robot could offer real value. But then it made suggestions similar to ones she herself would make. That’s when she thought “this could actually be helpful to me.”

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