Originally posted by SweetRevenge
The only problem is, where do the non-college types get their work if all common labor is pushed onto machines?
Robot sales and service?
One thing to keep in mind with these stories: a lot of them are sensationalist BS, for the most part. As far as the western media is concerned, there
are only three types of news stories worth reporting on from Japan:
1) strange tech / bizarre lifestyle stories
3) anything that can be twisted into some kind of a retreat to WW2 ideals.
Nothing else happens here, apparently. Imagine my shock at not being surrounded by xenophobic robot worshiping dolphin killers with tentacle porn
The robot stories are interesting displays of tech, but let's be serious here, the wedding bot is a one off gimmick that a wedding planner is using
to drum up some business. Considering the OP's story is actually nearly a year old, it's probably not even on offer anymore.
Here's a less glamorous story about diapers:
A "robot" that absorbs urine from diapers - aimed at the elderly with bladder control issues, to allow a comfortable night's sleep. This is exactly
the kind of robotic tech that people here are referring to when they talk about using robots for elderly care - but for some reason the Western Media
wants to spin Japan's robotics R&D into something else.
Something that's lost on the western media for some reason is the idea that R&D is progressive. Having a robot that can dance and sing is not the end
goal - the application of that R&D to other R&D is the goal: having artificial limbs capable of dancing, perhaps. Or an artificial voicebox capable of
singing Sinatra, for example. Replacing nurses is not the goal, allowing people to extend the time they don't need to be under the constant watch of
a nurse is.
Some of this tech is starting to make its way into the homes. The diaper tech above is an example, available with a subsidy from the national health
insurance. For another example, my SO recently bought her grandfather an electronic tea kettle that sends her a text whenever he makes a cup of tea -
letting her know that he's up and about and doing fine (at least fine enough to walk to the kitchen and have a cuppa). If he doesn't have a cup in
the morning, she knows to stop by and check up on him. He's closing in on the century mark, and he's determined to keep out of the old age home.
Good on him, I say.
This little bit of tech allows the family to keep tabs on him while he keeps his independence - possibly at the expense of a live-in nurse, and
certainly at the expense of the old age home. As far as home care goes, that's where the majority of these tech developments are leading.