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Robots: The future of elder care?

Robots: The future of elder care? | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it

Would you let a robot take over as a live-in nurse for your aging parent or grandparent?

In 2050, the elderly will account for 16 percent of the global population. That's 1.5 billion people over the age of 65, according to the Population Reference Bureau. Caring for those seniors - physically, emotionally and mentally - will be an enormous undertaking, and experts say there will be a shortage of professionals trained and willing to take on the job.

"We have to find more resources and have to get new ways of delivering those resources and delivering the quality of care," says Antonio Espingardeiro, an expert in robotics and automation at the University of Salford in Manchester, England.

Enter the elder-care robot.


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Groundbreaking Virtual Robotics Allow Us Our Very Own Robot Avatar

Groundbreaking Virtual Robotics Allow Us Our Very Own Robot Avatar | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it

A research group lead by Professor Tachi at Keio University in Japan is currently working on one of the first incarnations of an avatar that incorporates some pretty cool virtual robotics technology. By slipping on a pair of virtual reality gloves and a helmet, you would be able to control and see the world through your avatar’s eyes. The concept behind this virtual robotics technology is really called Telexistence, and it allows us to control a real avatar robot.


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Hayden Theuerkauf's curator insight, March 22, 2013 1:56 AM

This particular website gives information on the creation of avatar/robots that humans will be able to control. This will change the future, technology will allow humans to create there own avatar in the form of a robot, allowing humans to stay home whilst there avatar/robot goes out to do there daily needs or to even do there jobs at a single touch of a button, this technology will vastly change how the world works and runs.

cassian bulger's curator insight, March 22, 2013 9:38 AM

Technology such as this which provides an avatar that can be operated remotely has infinite potential to make the lives of countless people easyer such robots provide an "out of body" experience and when perfected can enable working remotly and remotly carrying out daily chores. With strides like this technology is taking remarkable strides into how we are shaping our future. 

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Intelligent Autonomous Systems

This talk describes the current research path towards intelligent, semi-autonomous systems, where both humans and automation tightly interact, and together, accomplish tasks such as searching for survivors of a hurricane using a team of UAVs with sensors with highly efficient interaction. This talk is describes the current state of the art in 1) intelligent robotic (only) systems, 2) modeling human decisions and 3) semi-autonomous systems, with a focus on information exchange, and command and control.

Mark Campbell is the S.C. Thomas Sze Director of the Sibley School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Cornell University.


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Andrew McAfee: What will future jobs look like? | Video on TED.com

Economist Andrew McAfee suggests that, yes, probably, droids will take our jobs -- or at least the kinds of jobs we know now. In this far-seeing talk, he thinks through what future jobs might look like, and how to educate coming generations to hold them.

Andrew McAfee studies how information technology affects businesses and society.


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Rafael Doménech Sánchez's curator insight, October 22, 2014 8:10 PM
Un libro de lectura sencilla y fascinante "The Second Machine Age" que plantea un futuro en el que el crecimiento exponencial de la capacidad de computación y la creciente interconexión transformarán el paradigma económico. Puede encontrarse un avance de cómo estos cambios afectarán al mercado de trabajo en esta conferencia ofrecida por uno de los autores, Andrew McAfee. ¿Quién crees que se verá más afectado por estos cambios? ¿Tu doctor, o el jardinero que se ocupa del parque municipal? Vedlo, puede que la respuesta os sorprenda.
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Mind-controlled robot avatars inch towards reality

Mind-controlled robot avatars inch towards reality | Technoscience and the Future | Scoop.it
The software necessary for mind-controlled robot avatars is being developed by an international team of researchers in Japan.

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Andrew McAfee: Are droids taking our jobs?

Robots and algorithms are getting good at jobs like building cars, writing articles, translating -- jobs that once required a human. So what will we humans do for work? Andrew McAfee walks through recent labor data to say: We ain't seen nothing yet. But then he steps back to look at big history, and comes up with a surprising and even thrilling view of what comes next.


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