Is this cuddly robot coming to a care home near you?

Is this cuddly robot coming to a care home near you? Hugh Pym Health editor 17 September 2015 From the section Health Robots and smart computers are starting to find their way into care homes and schools. They are more manageable than pets and more patient than humans.Maureen, who is in her late 70s, cuddles what looks like a seal toy. And in one sense it is. But this seal, brand named Paro, is a lot more than a plaything. In effect, it’s a highly sophisticated computer covered in artificial fur. With a basic form of artificial intelligence Paro, designed in Japan, moves in response to being stroked or at the sound of a voice. The result is physical and emotional interaction with Maureen or others holding the seal.A handful…


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