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Saturday, February 4, 2017

A Look at the Robots That Could Someday Be Taking Care of You


Imagine your elderly grandmother is in a nursing home and has fallen out of her chair. As she lies on the floor, she pulls the alarm cord and, after a few seconds, help arrives. But it’s not a care worker standing there – it’s a robot.
The machine assesses the scene, then moves closer to gently lift her up and place her back into the chair. It then scans her face using facial-recognition software and sees that she’s a little upset and shaken, so it displays a smiley face on its screen to try and put her at ease. Seeing that she’s otherwise uninjured, it then leaves to attend to other duties such as cleaning and transporting laundry.
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