Rosalind Picard: Robots will have a role in healthcare
24 October 2013 Last updated at 10:30 BST
Rosalind Picard, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, told HARDtalk robots will never completely replace doctors and nurses but they will have a role in healthcare.
Professor Picard is credited with starting the branch of computer science known as affective computing which looks at how computers could be developed to understand and respond to human emotions, leading to the possibility of greater roles for robots.
You can watch the full interview on BBC World News on Thursday 24 October at 14:30 and 20:30 GMT and on the BBC News Channel at 00:30 on Friday 25 October.