A short piece by AgeLab Founder and Director Joe Coughlin on designing social robots appears in BigThink:
"Most people see robots as complex devices to fulfill a specific task. But beyond obvious applications in transportation, law enforcement, logistics, work, shopping and healthcare, robotics will soon reshape our most personal moments. Changing global demographics and living patterns may provide a new role for AI – keeping us company. Today, nearly 30 percent of households in the United States are households of one."
Coughlin concludes with an open invitation to participate in a brief MIT AgeLab survey on attitudes toward social robots, which can be found here.
Read Coughlin's thoughts in full on BigThink here.