Developing Robots To Care For The Elderly


Will you believe your grandparents when they swear to you that the robots have turned on them? Via the Telegraph:

Experts believe that Linda, a £25,000 robot, could be the perfect solution to one of the biggest hazards facing elderly residents in care homes: falls.

Continuously sweeping the building in search of distressed residents is exactly the kind of repetitive task to which robots are ideally suited.

Not only could robots like Linda patrol corridors for continuous surveillance 24 hours a day, but they could perform additional tasks such as carrying messages or escorting patients to appointments.

The problem of teaching machines to distinguish between an everyday situation and an emergency is now being tackled by a £7m EU-funded project being conducted at six universities in Britain and abroad.

The project, known as STRANDS (Spatio-Temporal Representations and Activities for Cognitive Control in Long-term Scenarios) is focused on programming robots to learn about their environment and recognise when something is amiss.

14 Comments on "Developing Robots To Care For The Elderly"

  1. Anarchy Pony | Sep 4, 2013 at 2:38 pm |

    What could go wrong?

  2. Meecheroo | Sep 4, 2013 at 2:55 pm |

    I feel the loneliness already

  3. InfvoCuernos | Sep 4, 2013 at 5:50 pm |

    Someday, we’ll be able to replace the elderly completely with robots.

    I think my generation will be easy to care for because you can just set up an xbox and let em occupy themselves without the need for bingo callers or tango lessons.

  4. the moderate comment fairy keeps bustin up my flow 🙁

  5. BuzzCoastin | Sep 4, 2013 at 8:24 pm |

    robots caring for elderly cyborgs
    how touchingly machinistic

  6. Microhero | Sep 5, 2013 at 7:29 am |

    I can already imagine those nasty old people faking falls just for the chance of some human contact. GET A LIFE OLDIES. Better yet, GET A DEATH.


  8. Spasmodius | Sep 7, 2013 at 1:07 pm |

    Care homes. They should call them couldn’t care less homes. If a measure of a society’s civilisation is how they treat their eldery then we’re fucked, and deservedly so.

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