Robots in Healthcare
'Bots are back. It's a while since I wrote about them--for example, see here for a collection of musings--and in the interim they seem to be moving into the mainstream.
BBC Radio 4 has a series: Robots that Care. The first episode poses an interesting question: if robots are to live with us, are they pets, slaves or companions? It includes interviews with Rodney Brookes a robot luminary.
With aging populations in many countries, particularly in Japan, robots are seen as a means of filling the care gap. Panasonic is set to introduce three new robots at the 38th Home Care and Rehabilitation Exhibition: a communication robot, a hair washing robot and a robotic bed.