Japan believes robots could help to care for people in ageing societies, and address the shortage of human carers. But can these 'carebots' really meet the needs of the elderly?
Dr George W Leeson comments on the effects of Paro, a robotic seal designed to provide comfort and reduce loneliness, in an article published in Hack&Craft.
“It reduces a lot of the unpleasant things associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s. It even reduces the medication that’s needed to help calm people down,” said Leeson. He adds that while some care professionals might think technologies like Paro are patronising, “once they actually have hands-on experience with them their view completely changes.”
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