Do you think someday AI robots will replace caregivers who care for seniors?
Caregiving robots are purportedly designed for elders for helping or substituting professional carers, medical specialists, or family members taking care of the elderly. The only problem is that it may easily subvert, ignore, or oppose the elderly’s needs and rights.
• Valuable health information
Monitoring technologies in care robots can provide doctors and caregivers with valuable health or behavioural information. It’s one thing to use technology to keep track of your data, and it’s quite another to keep track of your Grandma’s.
• Consent, privacy, and monitoring
Consent, monitoring, and privacy are essential in the context of healthcare. Care-bots can collect a lot of personal, medical, and behavioural data, which can be analyzed, shared, and distributed on the cloud in a way that the general public doesn’t understand.
• Next-gen of care-bots
The next generation of care robots is capable of doing more than just physical tasks. They offer everything that human caretakers and family members already provide, from intellectual stimulation to social interaction. Designers must be deliberate about what goals these robots are supposed to achieve when replicating or substituting human connection. To what extent are care robots facilitating and optimizing emotional connection among people (e.g., a personified AI assistant assisting in calling your grandchildren) or creating the actual relationship (e.g., a robot that appears as a huggable, strokable pet)?