New year, new telepresence

This piece from America’s National Public Radio covers the use of robots to simulate the effect of somebody being present in a meeting.  I’ve often thought that this sort of thing offers something closer to real telepresence (creating the sense of physically being in a different place) than the sort of high-quality videoconferencing approaches which are more often marketed as telepresence.  Incidentally I know that there’s a tendency to use almost any noun as a verb, but I’d never come across the usage about half way down the piece that a robot receptionist is operated by somebody who ‘remotes into the robots’


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