For stuff like reconnaissance and telepresence, it'd be easy enough to retrofit existing robots. And for disinfecting, as Murphy mentioned, there's already a robot used by hospitals called "Little Moe" that uses a Xenon bulb to zap bacteria and viruses—and it was used in Dallas for Ebola patients.


But when it comes to the medical crisis itself, it'll be difficult to create robots capable of doing a doctor's job.

"As was the case in Fukushima, the Ebola crisis in Africa has revealed a significant gap between robot capabilities and what is needed in the realm of disaster relief and humanitarian assistance," Gill A. Pratt, a roboticist and program manager at the federal Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, told the New York Times. "We have a moral obligation to try and select, adapt and apply available technology where it can help, but we must also appreciate the difficulty of the problem."


So machines won't be able to destroy Ebola. But following these workshops, there's a good possibility that robots will be conscripted in the fight against the violent virus. [Defense One]

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