Parts of this article don't offend me at all.
**I'll cut and paste from the article itself:
Pyxis Corp., the company that manufactures HelpMate robots such as TOBOR, has placed almost 100 of its robots in U.S. hospitals, including 11 in seven VA medical centers, said Brian Babbitt, general manager of the company's HelpMate Robotics division.
"When you look at the nursing and pharmacy labor shortage, you want to keep skilled personnel with as high-level tasks as possible," Babbitt said. "You don't necessarily want people hauling things around and waiting for elevators."
Hospitals are an environment ideally suited to robots, said Joseph F. Engelberger, a retired physicist and robotics pioneer who designed the HelpMate robot and introduced it at Connecticut's Danbury Hospital about a decade ago. Extensive testing of a prototype there helped engineers adapt the robot's behavior to cope with people's reactions.
** Here's where I object:
Mobile robots have been developed that can learn their way around a building by noticing and remembering the pattern of markings on the floor or ceiling, said Takeo Kanade, a professor of computer science and robotics at Carnegie Mellon University. Some Japanese companies now use robots to deliver mail. Researchers led by Carnegie Mellon's Sebastian Thrun are field-testing the "nursebot," a talking robot that guides nursing home residents from their rooms to the dining hall or other areas -- offering weather reports and television schedules along the way -- and are working on an "intelligent walker" that can both navigate and physically support elderly patients.
Stationary robots are already being used to do some kinds of surgery. A researcher at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology is testing a robot that performs physical therapy for stroke victims. Engelberger said he thinks it would be possible, with current technology, to build a mobile, voice-activated robot that could help a frail, elderly person get around an apartment and could perform simple household tasks.
*** Here's what I object to. They are testing a "NURSEBOT" which talks and guides nursing home residnets, offering weather reports and TV schedules. This is a NURSEBOT???? It says that stationary robots are already doing some kinds of surgery - I really don't see anything called a SURGEONBOT or DOCBOT, do you?
I'm sorry this post is set up weirdly, but my lovely hubby messes with MY computer and now I can't use any of the buttons that make things quotes or give them color or bold. I'm not pleased with THAT, either.