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Мy Friend the Robot
Believe it or not, when you get older, your best friend will be… a robot.
Of course, at first, we need to survive a few more decades - the years when our hair will be silver,
and we are nowhere in a hurry.
This is a time when one has already lost a significant part of his
relatives and acquaintances and realizes that the people he was comfortable
with are gone.
Nowadays, it turns out that for such people, your best friend may bе a robot.
My Assistant and My Friend
The prospect of a robot being our best friend when we grow old is not in the
distant future. Somewhere in the world it is already a fact.
The idea that the elderly are not technology-savvy is a myth due to the tech industry's tendency to target younger people. It is clear why. Young people are impatient, they want every new thing and they want it immediately.
But voice-controlled robots have a number of features which adults enjoy. They are easy to use, physically unobtrusive, and their interactivity can be fun.
There are already quite a few adults in the US who have a home voice assistant. It is of great convenience it answers any questions. What will the weather be like? What time is the bus for the neighboring city?
This robot is also a resourceful and helpful assistant. Additionally, it reminds adults to take their medicine. Voice assistants are incredibly useful for those with poor eyesight. The robot can find online almost everything - recipes, schedules, and even read books to them.
Let’s not forget, robots can be invaluable in helping adults with dementia who need to know where they are, if they are confused in their current state.
It turns out that constant interaction with the voice assistant can even make fall in love with their robots.
There are studies that show
that adults perceive the robot as a living being. They usually refer to the
robot as "him" or "her." The affection goes to the point that some want to name their
Robot Against Loneliness
An important thing is that artificial intelligence of can reduces the feeling loneliness in adults. Many do not even realize how lonely they are. They may say "oh, I'm not alone, I have a lot to do" -- but in the end, they are home alone and have no one to take to.
Those who already have a voice assistant at home say it doesn't matter who they talk to -- they just need to talk to someone.
Scientists involved in such experiments study the trend with interest. Some of them acknowledge that they were initially disturbed by people affection for their robots, and their desire to name them. Now, however, scientists know it's valuable. Loneliness is associated with a greater likelihood of depression and anxiety, as well as an increased risk of heart attack, stroke and death.
With the robot to themselves, they feel "in company" as if they have a family.
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