Multiple single-purpose robots currently spell solution to Japan’s care problem.

Technology, and AI in particular, looks to ease Japan’s old age care shortfall problem. The article instances machines such as Chapit, a conversational mouse, Robear, a people-lifter, and Palro, a fitness instructor. Japan is at the cutting edge of automated old age care assistance. It is the country with the biggest old age care problem. It is still early days but there are plenty of further ideas in the pipeline. These include, for example, sensors sending real-time patient progress information from the various beds direct to a control centre. There is an interesting question for the longer term. By comparison with a single robot that could do all of these things, this represents a huge waste of development resources. The answer is probably that narrow AI still needs plenty of work before artificial general intelligence can be considered in depth.

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