Here on earth we have realized the importance of long term care homes. Now there is talk of sending a space ship with humans aboard to colonize a far distant planet all of which will take a lot of travel time. Perhaps the humans will be in stasis? Whatever the colonists will need to also build nursing homes.
Meanwhile back on earth those impatient scientists will continue to develop new things including humanoid robots. Folk will want the colonists to know immediately they arrive about all the new things developed on earth. How? Whatever, the colonists will need to know how to build humanoid robots
Sorry folk, as we are finding that just as we cannot comprehend the final questions about our Cosmos so it turns out that we cannot understand Quantum Entanglement that we had hoped to give us FASTER THAN LIGHT COMMUNICATION.
The hope could possibly be realized but how?
A robot of any shape or size working on an assembly line in a factory is a difficult but by no means impossible appliance to construct and many are successfully built. With due precautions to protect the humans working alongside them.
Training humans to work safely alongside robots is no easy task as well as proper programming for the robots themselves.
Next then to robots serving humans and specifically humans resident in long term care nursing homes. To perform such duties successfully robots have to perform allotted duties whilst not harming either residents or staff. Moreover and unlike a robot on an assembly line such robots must satisfactorily perform multiple services.
When I think, if at all, of human employees doing various jobs I think of them as very simple. NO NO NO not simple for well instructed robots simple though for human employees (no wonder their union demands adequacy)
Very brave then for some German technicians who have taken on the task.
See: Service Bots
Many people keep pet dogs and yet there are recorded cases of pet dogs killing people. The risk is judged by pet dog owners to be a very slight one and so usually ignored. Dogs, it seems, have nature build into their brains a firm instruction that they don’t injure humans.
In the case of humanoid robots, they start with emptiness in their programs and need have built into these programmes instructions that make it impossible to harm humans and many life forms in any way.
We protect ourselves against informed use injury in the gadgets we employ regularly (humanoid robots is about to be one class) by setting up standards associations manned by competent staff and appropriate skilled volunteers. Such will be necessary and have the power of law when we come to want to use humanoid robots.
Much research is being done into the structure of humanoid robots. We need to be sure this is matched with appropriate standards that are backed by law.
Regardless of the application area, one of the common problems tackled in humanoid robotics is the understanding of human-like information processing and the underlying mechanisms of the human brain in dealing with the real world.
Ambitious goals have been set for future humanoid robotics. They are expected to serve as companions and assistants for humans in daily life.
See: Humanoid Robots Association
Robots – job tailored ones – can be simple devices unless they are to work on humans who are all notoriously unpredictable. As a result the study and building of humanoid robots is a subject that deserves to stand alone.
Even though I am (as often stated) a mere layperson this is a subject the writer can’t help but be intrigued in and will, from time to time, report his findings here in this category.
Here is a link to get going: IEEE Spectrum on humanoids and it includes a particular article that I found very interesting (they all are of interest).
Such robots are an inevitable part of our future but in such a world where do these robots and unionised personal service workers fit in? I predict lots of discussion.
A new robot is designed to help provide quality care for Japan’s aging population. Robots expected to play role in U.S. caregiving cites long-term care insurance expert.
A new robot has brought Japan one step closer to its goal of providing high-quality care for its growing elderly population.
The robot uses high-precision tactile sensors and flexible motor control technology to lift patients weighing up to 80kg (180 pounds) off floor-level bedding and into a wheelchair. The developers note this is intended to free care facility personnel of one of their most difficult and energy-consuming tasks.
See: Caring for Japanese seniors
All residents of long term care homes can summon help for something that a person can no more do for themselves. Until now that help arrives with a human but what will happen when it is a robot that arrives?
Now or the near future I find that robotic help is unlikely though not augmented human help. Some augmented help is already in common use with the various forms of powered lifts that are used.
True that robot help is regularly used on automotive production lines where repetition is common but I believe that a routine task in a long term care home is much more difficult. Rooms are often different and so is the placing of beds.
All true till 2018. Not so true in the near future where “Life 3.0” is well presented jn a book by Max Tegmark. (Being like Winnie The Pooh, of small brain with an insatiable curtiosity I have to read the book several times to grasp the full meaning). I did learn that we needs’be very careful.