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Thursday, March 01, 2007

Who wants a sexy robot nurse?

Who will serve you when you get old and disabled i nthe future? Who will take care for your elderly parents?n the future. Who will prepare their meal, come with their medicine, get them from bed to bathroom or a wheelchair? Public health care assistents, personal nurses, your children? Well, forget your children, they have no time for home health services, they are needed as tax payers. Personal nurses are becoming increasingly costly and will be hard to find. Public health care will have problems to serve the rising number of retirees with increasing demands. So, the future is seems not so bright when you get older.

Are non-human caregivers are the solutions? Some belief robots could do the job. If they can become affordable they could revolutionize the way healthcare is provided. The only problem is that experts disagree about how these intelligent machines should be designed and operate.

Hiroshi Ishiguro, a professor in Osaka University's Department of Adaptive Machine Systems, believes robots should look, act, and even feel like humans.

Stephen Keeney, the project leader for Honda America's North American Advanced Step in Innovative Mobility (ASIMO), says they will have to look more artificial and like something out of a sci-fi movie before humans will accept them.

Who cares, only they can care in time without reboot.

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