AI and Cognitive Assistance

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This circle met to see a demo by one of the explorers of the Amazon Astro Robot, and to explore the intersection of AI and cognitive impairment.



Overall impression- By Frank Engelman

There was a common request for a generalized means to collect certain information such as the name of a friend or name of that great mechanic, places I visited like a restaurant, location of missing items within the home, and action items such as shopping lists and a way to retrieve that information in a context- aware manner WITHOUT the use of multiple tools.

This would avoid learning several different tools.

The context awareness would be “leaving the house”, “arriving home”, “at a store”, or “time of day”.

Rather than tools for individual tasks such as finding keys or creating shopping lists, the desire was expressed for a common tool such as a “personal assistant” (Alexa, Siri, Google) with verbal/visual input & response versus a “friend” such as Elliq as mentioned in the “Emotional Assistance” meeting.

A couple of other needs was for it to have a personality and be portable so that you could use it away from home.



Highlights of the meeting:

Demo of Astro Robot by Frank Engelman


1. What problems show/ up for you when you think of cognitive assistance?

  • People needing reminders to turn stove off, or bath water
  • difficulty finding words to describe things occasionally
  • Lists for errands or checklist while leaving the house, steps to take to lock house properly before trips
  • Key tracking , remembering wallets, fobs- Air tags are an existing option.
  • .earing assistance- Helen shared a tool she is aware of that records hearing waves through skin. 
  • remembering faces of people we meet


2. What is an ideal wishlist for AI for helping with Cognition

  • personal reminders that are recorded automatically on the phone that can be recalled later
  • ask siri to make a list
  • dictations into email or notes app on phone. challenge is to have a good summary that makes sense of all the notes
  • association of people to tasks , and a way to get a reminder or information recall would be good
  • Payment tracking and associating with the service personnels information through AI
  • possble integration of verbal reminders through existing devices with the capability like apple watch/smart watch

3. How important is the capacity to get initiation from devices or prompts

  • in cases of emergency, that might be of value


4. How comfortable are people currently to program devices to assist with needs


5. How would AI facilitate time management needs?

  • having a clock that chimed
  • Senior moment app- helps with recent recall
  • a robot who can have a conversation can be intriguing


6. What products other than Alexa, siri, applewatch etc have you heard or used that help with cognition?

  • a system or device that is individualized for the specific person
  • Privacy and security are always a concern when personal information is stored
  • I want AR glasses that recognize a person and tell me why I should know them. Google glasses should be adaptable to seniors and cheaper..




Links to useful apps or information

a. Article about creating a button for Alexa.

b. Neosensory is the name for the hearing device that transmit sound from your skin to your brain.  The name of the device is “Clarity” and the neurologist who developed it and is now working onsite is David Eagleman at Stanford (see this product in our database).

c. Asking Alexa for memory help.

d. Senior Moment Skill.



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