Will We Accept the Use of Robots for Personal Care or Social Activities?
- Wednesday, 31 October 2012
A study by the Georgia Institute of Technology indicates that older adults are willing to use robots for the daily activities that become more challenging with age, unless the tasks involve personal care or social activities. After showing adults (ages 65 to 93 years) a video of a robot's capabilities, the researchers interviewed them about their willingness for assistance with 48 common household tasks. Participants generally preferred robotic help over human help for chores such as cleaning the kitchen, doing laundry, and taking out the trash. When it came to help getting dressed, eating, and bathing, however, the adults tended to say they would prefer human assistance over robot assistance.