There are two trends that are going in opposite directions. One is the increasing number of elderly people, and the other is the decline in the number of people to take care of them. Part of the view we’ve already espoused is that robots will start to fill in those gaps.
So says Jim Osborn, roboticist and executive director of the Robotics Institute’s Quality of Life Technology Center at Carnegie Mellon University. With HHS telling us that we’ll need 70% more home aide workers soon to care for the burgeoning population of elderly (70 million Americans over the age of 65 by 2030), robots may be our only choice.