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Japan: robots will care for 80% of elderly by 2020 www.theguardian.com

posted by  banzaitokyo | 6 months, 1 week ago in Science & Technology

With Japan’s ageing society facing a predicted shortfall of 370,000 caregivers by 2025, the government wants to increase community acceptance of technology that could help fill the gap in the nursing workforce.

Developers have focused their efforts on producing simple robotic devices that help frail residents get out of their bed and into a wheelchair, or that can ease senior citizens into bathtubs.