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Professor: Robots Are the Future of Elder Care
Newsmax ^ | 20 July 2014 | Sandy Fitzgerald

Posted on 07/20/2014 7:34:41 AM PDT by KeyLargo

Newsmax Professor: Robots Are the Future of Elder Care Sunday, July 20, 2014 10:01 AM

By: Sandy Fitzgerald

Many older people need someone who is always there to help them with their everyday tasks, to listen to their stories, and to help them live independently — in other words, a robot caregiver, writes an associate professor of geriatrics in Sunday's New York Times.

"That may sound like an oxymoron," writes the University of California's Louise Aronson in her opinion piece. "In an ideal world, it would be: Each of us would have at least one kind and fully capable human caregiver to meet our physical and emotional needs as we age. But most of us do not live in an ideal world, and a reliable robot may be better than an unreliable or abusive person, or than no one at all."

Aronson, the author of collection of stories, “A History of the Present Illness," tells of an elderly patient she sees, and notes that while she can write her prescriptions, she can't offer her help for the loneliness and disability that fill her days.

"Like most older adults, she doesn’t want to be 'locked up in one of those homes,' " writes Aronson. "What she needs is someone who is always there, who can help with everyday tasks, who will listen and smile."

Caregiving is low-paid work that is "women's work and immigrants' work," she said, and often it's work that many people won't or can't do. But robot caregivers could change the quality of life for many elderly or disabled patients, Aronson writes.

(Excerpt) Read more at newsmax.com ...


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Health/Medicine; Science; Society
KEYWORDS: caregivers; eldercare; robots; seniors
I'm waiting for the fembots to be perfected.....


1 posted on 07/20/2014 7:34:42 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo
With all due respect, it needs some work ...
2 posted on 07/20/2014 7:45:06 AM PDT by mikrofon (RIP, Mr. Johnson)
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To: KeyLargo
Make mine RHODA!!!!  photo MyLivingDoll_zps665f709b.jpg
3 posted on 07/20/2014 7:46:42 AM PDT by Huskrrrr
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To: KeyLargo

Don’t look to the Evil Geniuses for Fembots, look to the same industry that made the VCR and the CD-drive come into their own.

Porn. Whoever creates a working, decent sexbot has a license to print money. Especially in the current environment where what was consensual the night before becomes rape on the next day.

Men ALREADY are increasingly avoiding marriage, relying on “hookups” and “friends with benefits”. .create a decent female sexbot, and many men will quit on women entirely. . .


4 posted on 07/20/2014 7:50:32 AM PDT by Salgak (Peace through Superior Firepower. . . .)
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To: Salgak

I’ve always said if science developed a real, functioning (Star Trek New Gen) Holosuite both genders (male and female) would disappear inside and never come out.


5 posted on 07/20/2014 7:59:52 AM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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To: KeyLargo
I'm waiting for the fembots to be perfected.....

You, and nearly 100 million Japanese men, are not alone.

6 posted on 07/20/2014 8:02:28 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: mikrofon

“Caregiving is low-paid work that is “women’s work and immigrants’ work,” she said, and often it’s work that many people won’t or can’t do. But robot caregivers could change the quality of life for many elderly or disabled patients, Aronson writes.”

I don’t see this happening anytime soon considering that the Democrats and SEIU would need to figure out how to unionize the robots.

Besides this could be another ‘ATM’ moment for Obama.

Obama, ATMs And Rage Against The Rise Of Machines

In a recent interview, President Barack Obama attempted to explain the “structural changes” that have led to a stagnant economic recovery. “When you go to a bank you use the ATM, you don’t go to a bank teller,” he said. “Or you go to the airport and you use a kiosk instead of checking in at the gate.” It seems the rise of the machines is occurring in 2011 after all, just as James Cameron predicted.

via Forbes.com


7 posted on 07/20/2014 8:03:00 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: Pearls Before Swine

“You, and nearly 100 million Japanese men, are not alone.”

Yep, but who says it’s just Japanese men...?

Japanese Robot Girl Can Do Anything For You!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iNzGMHwS21I


8 posted on 07/20/2014 8:06:42 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

This proposal is as realistic as the animated household goods in Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast.” Nobody’s going to put the money into developing this for the elderly. Rich old people can afford to pay for whatever live, human help they want, and the rest will be invited to serve mankind by accepting euthanasia.

The best outcome for most would be a kind, nurturing Christian woman from the Philippines or Central America. At worst, you’ll get a Rachel Jeantel.


9 posted on 07/20/2014 8:09:14 AM PDT by Tax-chick (We're all mad here.)
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"At worst, you’ll get a Rachel Jeantel."

Yikes!

As the news reporter talking head said: "Ho-Lee-Fuk"

10 posted on 07/20/2014 8:14:55 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

Would you voluntarily leave a stray dog in this person’s care? How about an incapacitated elderly white man?


11 posted on 07/20/2014 8:33:07 AM PDT by Tax-chick (We're all mad here.)
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To: KeyLargo

Japan has NO CHOICE but to do this, as they will not permit their country to be repopulated with Third World types, and they have a very old population that lives very long lives.

We’ll see how it goes...


12 posted on 07/20/2014 8:38:22 AM PDT by BobL
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To: BobL

Even if technology advances sufficiently before Japan’s currently elderly people die, the demand for sexual use might outpace the supply unless the government intervenes to guarantee aides to the elderly.


13 posted on 07/20/2014 8:51:53 AM PDT by Tax-chick (We're all mad here.)
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To: KeyLargo

14 posted on 07/20/2014 10:08:53 AM PDT by Flick Lives ("I can't believe it's not Fascism!")
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To: Flick Lives

I liked the flick except for Susan Saranwrap.


15 posted on 07/20/2014 10:24:48 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: Tax-chick
"Would you voluntarily leave a stray dog in this person’s care?"

The dog might have something to say about that..

16 posted on 07/20/2014 10:30:07 AM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: KeyLargo

Not just Japanese men... but the Japanese seem to be pushing the boundaries of anthromorphic robots, from dog-bot bets to fembots.


17 posted on 07/20/2014 11:02:00 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: KeyLargo

LOL!!


18 posted on 07/20/2014 11:03:52 AM PDT by Jane Long ("And when thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek")
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To: KeyLargo
Time for your prostate check.


19 posted on 07/20/2014 12:28:41 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: Mike Darancette

20 posted on 07/20/2014 4:27:11 PM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: Tax-chick

The purchases for “adult entertainment” purposes would fund all kinds of other technological development.

Says some pretty sad things about the human race after the fall.


21 posted on 07/20/2014 5:29:32 PM PDT by Rides_A_Red_Horse (Why do you need a fire extinguisher when you can call the fire department?)
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The purchases for “adult entertainment” purposes would fund all kinds of other technological development.

That's possible. However, there's no guarantee that the technology would ever significantly benefit the elderly.

22 posted on 07/21/2014 2:36:00 AM PDT by Tax-chick (No power in the 'verse can stop me.)
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