I also totally agree that it'll cut costs and jobs.. BUT also in the same sense, where I live, nurses tend to be lazy. Very unfortunate. technically I still would rather have a real living being. LOL besides, anything that has to do with technology will either fail or freeze at some point in time. It'd suck if the robot froze at a critical time.
This is beyond stupid. Robotic "nurse"? First of all, nurses don't diagnose. Second of all, what will this thing actually do? Blood tests? Urine tests? Not only is this not practical (would you let a robot stick you in the arm?), but it wouldn't be more cost effective to have tens of thousands of urine/serum analyzing stations in people's homes. And what do they mean by "examine"? Certainly there wouldn't be any imaging. This thing wouldn't be changing dressings. I really would like to know what this thing could actually do. Monitor BP in hypertensive patients? Okay there's one idea that has a relative amount of logistics...but do you need an effing robot to do that? No.
1 - Real nurses have personality that cannot be duplicated by AI. Somehow, I don't see "Good morning, Dave" anywhere close to reality.
2 - HUGE legal liability here. If the patient that this nurse is tending becomes injured in any way while being treated by this hardware... The company/hospital that installs one of these things will need to absolve itself of any responsibility instantly after deploying one of these.
3 - Somehow I do not see JHACO approving of the use of something like this. -At least in the U.S.
[citation][nom]Kingssman[/nom]Looks good for simple tasks like answering the door and reaching for the TV remote, but would it call 911 if you fell or perform CPR if you stop breathing?[/citation]
Agreed...but household tasks aren't the realm of a nurse. That sounds like hospice, which would be even less approachable by a robot - a majority of the care provided by hospice is intended to be psychological in nature. Nor do hospice workers diagnose or cure anything. Let's just stick with Life Alert.
Cut jobs? Isn't there a shortage of nurses already?
Furthermore, I don't think is supposed to be a full-fledged "Nurse Robot" so much as an appliance that might, say, roll over to your bed and remind you to take these pills at the right time. Maybe have videophone to on-call physicians or live nurses who can help with emergencies or check up on the patient from time to time.
how is the CEO of iRobot developing these products mean that the government is wasting taxpayers' money? If they want to put money into R&D for these products, it has nothing to do with the government.