MIT’s Robot Assistant Gives Nurses A Second Opinion

Hospitals are, even at the best of times, a sort of ordered chaos. Patients, overwhelmed by it all, wait or wander looking for care. Nurses and doctors, in the thick of it, juggle deep knowledge with pressing need and dozens of immediate tasks. It’s a lot to manage, which is why researchers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory trained a small NAO robot to evaluate the situation and offer suggestions when asked. From MIT: In one paper, the team demonstrated a robot that assisted nurses in a labor ward, where it made recommendations on everything from where to move a patient to which nurse to assign to a C-section. “The aim of the work was to develop artificial intelligence that can learn from people about how the labor…


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