No one likes to acknowledge this side of it, because it seems like a workable solution. The use of robots to care for humans can be a solution; but it's only as good as the people who program them. The sad fact is, evil exists, that's why there's such a problem with elder abuse. Programming a robot to care for humans can go very wrong when these machines are created with the capabilities to make their own decisions; as we saw an example of in this video.
This topic is going to be one I follow and watch as it unfolds.
An excerpt from the Youtube video:
"Robots have become part of daily life in Japan and now they look to be the solution to a national problem. Armies of these metal creatures are being developed to provide care for the elderly.
In the past, three generations of a Japanese family would live together. Yet as this lifestyle becomes more rare, fewer people are left supporting Japans elders. So scientists are developing Ri-Man, the newest prototype of the care robot. Ri-Man can see, hear and assess a persons health, but he still needs tweaking. Currently he is unable to express any emotion, but things are set to change."
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