Amazon’s Alexa Robot Companion May Stave Off Loneliness and Sickness and Death

Published by , April 4, 2016 4:57 am

(RoboticsBusinessReview) Many people will be making an in-home rendezvous with a robot companion much sooner than they think. Thousands already have. Research suggests that a robot companion could help us to stave off loneliness, sickness, even death. Such a home buddy might be Amazon’s popular $179.00 Alexa or any one of the other dozen or so home/companion robots currently on the market. Amazon got out in front of everyone with its robot companion and has virtually swept the marketplace by price, availability, and ease of use. And having released an SDK to the world, developers will undoubtedly now take to making plenty more apps for myriad more in-home uses, especially Cloud-based downloads to make every robot home companion a better buddy.
Research is showing that companionship—at any age or life situation—is essential for our general health and well-being.  Living alone in quiet desperation or in ill-health at any age is a big problem that could increase chances of death by 26 percent.

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