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Sunday, February 17, 2008

Welfare Robotics in Norway

Foresight "Baby boomers" and Caregivers in Norway start recognizing that "end of life quality" will depend on access to smart technology at home and at caregiving institutions. When a growing shortage of health care staff will hit them over the next 5-10 years the need for household robots will grow. Robots may not only help human carers to lift and move elderly and handicapped people but may also enabling them to live longer and more comfortably in their own homes. Similar ideas have been promoted in recent years especially in Japan and South Korea. The development of Care and Welfare Robots for the Silver Generation is one of the great technological and industrial challenges in the developed countries. Outsourcing of elderly care to an army of welfare robots is not only an economical but also an ethical issue. What will drive the market, who will be in charge and who will pay for services?
PC World - Norway Eyes Robot Caregivers.

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