Fiction writers used to assume that robots would take us to the stars, or Antarctica, or other future adventures. But today the fastest growing use of robots may be that of caregivers for the elderly. Here in this NYT opinion, a physician argues that robots will be a good thing. Two kinds of robots–one, what you might expect, a robot that takes vital signs and is improbably named GiraffPlus. Another kind however is designed purely for “compassion.” Provides endless patience and limitless consideration, in the absence of that distantly located child with his/her own family.
The author argues that the time has come, and that companion robots will indeed be a good thing. We’ve already seen Robot and Frank, the infinitely self-sacrificing robotic companion. Perhaps its work reflecting how far we want to go down this road? The physician suggests that, with our high geriatric ratio and our declining personal patience, the road already has no exit.