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.

  • Anarchy Pony

    What could go wrong?

    • Iuwus

      Well at least we’d still have our dignity, and no embarassment!

    • emperorreagan

      Walking in on Grandma & Grandpa having a threesome with R2-D2, for starters.

      • Anarchy Pony

        Thanks. Thanks for that thought. I could have gone through life without it, but you gave it to me anyway.

        • emperorreagan

          It was a gift I felt I needed to share with the world.

      • Calypso_1

        Will lube be covered by Medicare part D?

        • emperorreagan

          I hope not, because I have a business plan to smuggle in cheap Astroglide from Canada.

  • Meecheroo

    I feel the loneliness already

  • InfvoCuernos

    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.

  • Iuwus

    the moderate comment fairy keeps bustin up my flow :(

  • BuzzCoastin

    robots caring for elderly cyborgs
    how touchingly machinistic

  • Microhero

    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.

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  • Spasmodius

    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.