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Old 05-20-2013, 07:17 AM
 
Location: Tennessee
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This is a rather unusual article.

“'There are two trends that are going in opposite directions. One is the increasing number of elderly people, and the other is the decline in the number of people to take care of them,' said Jim Osborn, a roboticist and executive director of the Robotics Institute’s Quality of Life Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University. 'Part of the view we’ve already espoused is that robots will start to fill in those gaps.'”

Disruptions: Robots as Home Health Care Aides for the Elderly - NYTimes.com

The article goes on to talk about what people want the robots to look like is dependent on the task of the robot. They want robots who tell them what medicine to take and when to take it, for example, to look more human but robots who perform tasks like cleaning to look more like machines so they don't feel like they are bossing them around. But more disturbingly, is people developing relationships with their robots like one 76 year old woman sharing stories about her life with her robot.

What do you think of this as a person who may be one day elderly and living alone?
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Old 05-20-2013, 07:33 AM
 
Location: SW MO
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What do you think of this as a person who may be one day elderly and living alone?
Sounds fine as long as they look like the female variety on Westworld.
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Old 05-20-2013, 07:36 AM
 
Location: Virginia
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I think we'll be seeing all sorts of interesting robots. The challenge is repairing them, and especially the expense of repairing them. Still, I think robotic assistance is inevitable, and maybe not that many years from now.

Here's a thread we had on this last year that includes a wide variety of interesting robots for seniors. Some are far fetched but others seem very practical.

Robots That Assist Retirees: Will we soon all have these?
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Old 05-20-2013, 12:37 PM
 
Location: SoCal desert
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As long as they're not Daleks.
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Old 05-20-2013, 01:42 PM
 
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But maybe a TARDIS as a combination robot/retirement home?

Tech stuff (especially computer based) = robotic.
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Old 05-20-2013, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Virginia
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^^ I could see that happening.
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Old 05-20-2013, 02:40 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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Isn't it the Japanese childless women who have robot babies?
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Old 05-22-2013, 08:08 PM
 
Location: At the Lake (in Texas)
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I want a robot. Make him look like Keanu Reeves please.
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Old 05-22-2013, 08:27 PM
 
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Japanese are way ahead on this for aging population care. Many documentaries and articles on this.
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Old 05-22-2013, 11:02 PM
 
Location: Chesapeake Bay
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If the robot could clip hedges and mow grass I'd love to have one.
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