Robonurses! It's been at least three weeks since I last covered a robonurse story, but along comes another one. This protorobonurse has a head like a teddy bear! They heard me pondering as to what extra services a robonurse might provide last time, and they're determined to kill my buzz. Very old-fashioned of them to assume I don't go for that kind of thing. Well, as it happens, I don't. Not that there's anything wrong with that, I'm broad-minded and make no judgement about perverts who find teddy-bears sexy. Anyway, the robot's called RIBA - Robot for Interactive Body Assistance, and it's Japanese. It's designed for lifting mainly.
The robotic bear can also recognize faces and voices, as well as respond to spoken commands. Using visual and audio data from its surroundings, RIBA can identify co-workers, determine the position of those nearby, and respond flexibly to changes in the immediate environment. Is RIBA wasted in nursing? Those sound more like skill for a prison riot to me. It wouldn't take orders from prisoners, but it could get specific prisoners on orders from an officer, and it could duck out of the way of a flying chair. Come to think of it, it sounds like it could hold its own in a brawl without instruction from a human. Westworld! They should have it doing bar brawls in a Wild West theme park, either with a Yul Brynner head or against the Brynnerbots. They need to have enough that a few of them can pop off and do the nursing on demand. No Working Time Directive for robots. But should they change their heads, if they're Yul Brynner ones? Which face would people being nursed prefer the robonurse to have, teddy bear or Yul Brynner? Or perhaps they could be given the choice? Yeah, give them the choice! Give them the choice of whether their robonurse has a teddy bear head or a Yul Brynner head, that's empowerment!
Jeepers, I'm good. I should be in charge of stuff. I'm like Barack Obama, empowering people being nursed by giving them the choice of teddy-bear robonurse head or Yul Brynner robonurse head! This, my friends, is what politics is all about.
that's all from me for now
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