7 March 2018

Robot caregivers: friends or foes?

In countless areas of modern life, we are told, the robots are coming… and among the roles they may some day fill are those of “socially assistive” tools for the elderly, providing everything from social contact and cognitive support to reminders to take medication and alerting emergency services in case of a fall. But what do the older people in question think of these developments? Will robots create or destroy value for them and the family members and caregivers around them?