Inside Japan’s long experiment in automating eldercare

The country wanted robots to help care for the elderly. What happened?

By James Wright, January 9, 2023

In short, the machines failed to save labor. The care robots themselves required care: they had to be moved around, maintained, cleaned, booted up, operated, repeatedly explained to residents, constantly monitored during use, and stored away afterwards. Indeed, a growing body of evidence from other studies is finding that robots tend to end up creating more work for caregivers.

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MIT Technology Review Source: Inside Japan’s long experiment in automating eldercare | MIT Technology Review

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