British researchers from Middlesex University (Middlesex University) and the University of Bedfordshire (University of Bedfordshire) jointly with Japanese experts to develop the world’s first humanoid robot that will become social workers. The program is funded by the European Union and the government of Japan, the project is funded for 2 million pounds. It is planned that the first e-nurses will appear in three years. This was reported by broadcaster BBC.
A model for the creation of the robot was already working in Japanese hospitals Pe er Robot created by the company, Softbank Robotics robots. These robots perform simple mechanical tasks, such as carrying patients or patients bring food. As reported at the Middlesex University, the feature of robot caregivers is that this will be the first robot in the world, designed taking into account cultural and national characteristics, needs and preferences of older people. According to the authors of the project, the new robot will have good manners and respect for the culture and traditions of other peoples.
“Intelligent robot assistants for the elderly will be able to relieve the staff of hospitals and nursing homes, as well as increase the level of medical care at home, contributing to independent living of elderly people”, – said Papadopoulos, Irena (Irena Pa ado oulos), Professor of transcultural health (Transcultural health) and nursing care (Nursing) at Middlesex University.
The first social robots “will hire” in the nursing home network Advinia Health care in the UK. The robots will be able to converse with the inhabitants of nursing homes and other institutions. In addition, the robots will distribute tablets: programmed for certain schemes of treatment nurses would reduce the percentage of medical errors.
The robots can solve the problem of shortage of manpower in the field of elderly care. According to the UK Parliament for 2015, 18 thousand nursing homes in the UK accounted for 425 thousand people. According to Irena Papadopoulos, the country has 15 million people over 100 years old. Japan has faced a shortage of nurses and other professionals in the care of the elderly. In 2016, 100 applicants received 269 job offers. According to the Ministry of health, labour and welfare of Japan, by 2025, 7 million elderly people in the country – one in five people over 65 years will suffer from dementia (dementia), and the country will need 2.53 million health workers.