ApriAttenda Robot Nurse For Aging Japan

Toshiba's ApriAttenda robot nurse shown below is the latest in an increasingly long line of robot nurses and robot nannies. With a long life expectancy, a low birthrate and tight immigration rules, Japan is looking to the science of robotics to provide care.


(Toshiba ApriAttenda robot caregiver)

Ray Bradbury is one of the science fiction writers who saw this trend clearly more than forty years ago. In I Sing the Body Electric! he writes about an electrical grandmother who takes care of the young and the old alike.


(The Electric Grandmother appears to sleep)

...for you who have worried over inattentive sitters, nurse who cannot be trusted with marked liquor bottles, and well-meaning Uncles and Aunts... we have perfected the first humanoid-genre mini-circuited, rechargeable AC-DC Mark V Electrical Grandmother.

"...the Fantoccini Electrical Grandmother is built with loving precision to give the incredible precision of love...
(Read more about the Electrical Grandmother)

The picture is from the 1982 movie The Electric Grandmother; the lead is played by Maureen Stapleton and Bradbury write the screenplay from his own story.

From Physorg; thanks to Winchell Chung for the tip and the reference.

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