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Good stuff here. Interesting to see how many of the interests could easily be met by a smart speaker. Others by service robots, the technology for which we have long had but for which there is presently no business case. They would need to be shareable assets -- one per neighborhood, for example.

I was especially intrigued by the idea of a dog walking robot. Gerontologists agree the great scourge of old age is loneliness and isolation. One proven solution is pets, and especially dogs, but then another problem arises. Who walks the dog? Many elderly people are physically unable to do so, and yet desperately need the companionship. I propose we challenge the robotics community to develop a machine that can be shared by several elders, or anyone with a physical disability, and that just does two things: safely walk a dog and clean up after it. There is simply no way to measure the return on this investment of human ingenuity.