Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Japanese Developing Robots to Care for their Elders

Gecko Systems (?), an American company, recently announced arrangements with Japanese companies to develop its robots for use with the elderly.  According to Gecko:

The Japanese have their own eldercare crisis because of the size of their WWII widow population. Due to their understanding of the high costs of sufficient and appropriate eldercare, the Japanese government has spent one hundred million dollars ($100,000,000) in grants (to Sanyo, Toshiba, Hitachi, Fujitsu, NEC, etc.) over the last eight to ten years to develop personal robots for their own eldercare crisis, yet no viable solutions have been developed by them to date.


I don't know about the WWII widow excuse.  It's pretty clear that Japan is suffering from a lack of young people to care for the elderly.  WWII doesn't have much to do with it.  It's that darn lack of desire to have children that is aided and abetted by the mainstreaming of abortion.  Where have all the children gone?  After a while, it catches up with a country.

As someone who grew up on the Jetsons, I'm pretty sure I don't want Rosie the robot taking care of me in my twilight years.


(h/t Ann Althouse)

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