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Firefox boss uses his robot

When he meets with colleagues in Mountain View, California, Mike Beltzner understands the reaction.

When he meets with colleagues in Mountain View, California, Mike Beltzner understands the reaction.

“It’s not every day that you see a machine autonomously rolling around your office…. and at the same time it carries the disembodied head of one of your colleagues.”

Computer screen are attached to a long pole attached to a wheeled platform with speakers and a web cam “The general response was that it was kind of creepy,” he said.

But by the second week, people were asking him to “roll by” for a chat.

Mike is product director for Mozilla’s Firefox, and a lot of his team members work out of the company’s California office.

Beltzner says every time he’s used the robot — about four to six times a week for the past two months — he’s had at least one useful conversation he wasn’t planning on having. “As you walk around you bump into Jeff or Frank...and you remember that thing,” he says.

 
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