Jobs for Caretakers – Robots at Work #1

Mathilde Nakken
January 20th 2017

How will your job look like in 2050? Join our design competition Empowered by Robots, and share your vision for a future world of work where humans and robots will collaborate. The winners of the challenge will be featured in HUBOT, the job agency for humans and robots. To get inspired, dive into our new series Robots at Work. In this first episode we present you five jobs for caretakers, the ones that work with their hearts.

Company doctor
Stress or a wrong body position can affect our health at work. Many business started tracking the health of their employees with wearables. The generated data can be shared with the company doctor. As a result, employees can be monitored to improve business results. This technology brings the job of company doctor to the next level.

Teacher
Learning is repeating. Therefore many teacher say the same thing over and over again. Could we replace teachers with a robot? Well, the Georgia Institute for Technology tested an AI teacher in an online course, and she turned out to be indistinguishable from a real teacher. So can we completely replace the good old teacher? Maybe not completely. Empathy, reading emotions and improvisation are still strong human features. Yet, an extra robot assistant in class to repeat information could be useful.

Nanny
This robot nanny is designed to take on adult responsibilities.Today's nannies have to beat the competition of iPal, the humanoid babysitter. Luckily iPal is still in development and it's currently being tested only as a life size enterainment toy.

Surgeon
Technology and healthcare go hand in hand. Nowadays robotics are an essential part in the operating room and for long-distance surgeries. Robot surgery is more precise than the human hand and eye. Besides that, robots don't get tired.

Mom
Being a parent requires full dedication, day and night, without holidays. This full-time responsibility for your child is almost a profession in itself. To make sure young people don't take the plunge too early, infant simulator programs are used in high-tech sex education courses. Teenagers receive a robotic newborn at home for few days. The experiment had an unexpected side effect, these lifelike robot babies increased teen pregnancy.

Images: Stephan Bogner, Hype ScienceThe Californian Paper

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Should men be able to give birth to children?


Joyce Nabuurs: To me this question seems to be a logical next step in the emancipation movement of the past century. More and more women entered the workspace, but the responsibility for pregnancy and childrearing remained female.

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