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Policy Rounds Series: Personal Assistance Robots – Will they improve the lives of aging adults?
June 2, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Description: While robots have worked in factories for many years, they have yet to make an impact on our personal lives. The only exception is the over 10 million robotic vacuums, such as the Roomba, that are now helping people keep their homes clean. Are they only the beginning of a personal robot revolution? Based on large investments in robotics by companies such as Amazon, Toyota and Hyundai and the thousands of people developing robots all over the world, many people think the answer is “Yes!”. Even with that positive assessment, the future of personal robots, particularly robots for physically assisting aging adults, is unclear. What should they look like? How smart should they be? What tasks should they perform? Can they be both strong and safe? How much will they cost? Will people accept them into their homes? The answers to these questions, along with the most promising robotic technologies for physically assisting people, will be discussed in this thought-provoking talk.