Robot Companions Help Lonely or Isolated Elders

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from: Longevity Explorers | Sequoias SF, SF Village

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SF Explorer Dan recalls seeing an article about development of an AI robot companion for older people who live alone, and feels that it is a good thing. 

One member cites that the Japanese have already developed robot pets with very lifelike characteristics for persons with memory deficits. Another mentions that similar products are sold in the US, as well. Moreover, through the entertainment media, the public is becoming acquainted with film caracters which are portrayed as part human, part machine.

On balance, the group is favorable to the idea to help mitigate the effects of loneliness and isolation, especially in the memory impaired.


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Key words: 
companionship, companion robot, companion pet, living alone, memory support