Re: David Oliver: Will robotic automation solve social care?
Oliver is right to question the fanfare of the bright new future coming from the IPPR. Let us pause for a moment and look at automation in our current social encounters. A coffee from an automated machine is less satisfying than a coffee poured by a friend, sitting at a table where more friends gather. A vending machine does not give the same comfort that a familiar canteen cook can give in laughter, rapport and social engagement. I wonder if a placebo is as effective when given by a vending machine rather than a person who is talking to you?
In our ambition to improve, innovate and forge technology to health and social care, there is a worry we may be missing the obvious.
Take a look at the current French suggestion (1)
(1) Care package: the French postal workers helping lonely older people. https://www.theguardian.com/world/2018/nov/23/care-package-french-postal...
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