Robots and the elderly

Wakamaru Bot at Your Service

From the article:Specs:"In-home health care" has been described by many as one of the big, new job categories. It is supposed to take off in the U.S. as the population ages, and this new job category is supposed to absorb many of the people displaced from other industries by robots.

Obviously this won't be the case if much of the home health care work can be handled by robots too. Technology like Wakamaru would allow one person sitting at a control screen to monitor hundreds of patients simultaneously in their homes. And Wakamaru is going to get better and better and better over time. 20 years from now, Wakamaru will be able to start IVs, administer drugs, etc.

See Robotic Nation for details.

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