The Future Of French Robotics


Editor’s note:Laetitia Vitaud is a blogger, coach, teacher of U.S. politics in France and passionate about the digital transition of our economy.

The French still dream of humanoid robots and electric sheep. Swedish TV series Real Humans, broadcast on French-German TV channel Arte, seduced a surprisingly large audience in France. And flagship robotics projects are proudly promoted by the president himselfNao is one of those flagship robots, an autonomous programmable humanoid robot developed by French company Aldebaran Robotics. The same company also created Romeo, which it exhibited in Lyon earlier this year.

Romeo is supported by Paris business cluster Cap Digital and is destined, like Real Humans’ fictitious “hubots” to help the elderly and the sick regain some form of autonomy.

These are the types of robots used to showcase France’s engineering prowess. Yet a few extra decades will still be necessary to…

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