Living with Robots

Published by , July 11, 2016 1:11 am

(StraitsTimes) Doctors and scientists in Singapore started dreaming up ideas of robotic employees some 10 years ago–visions that are starting to take shape today. Today, at the National University Hospital, a robotic system automatically picks up and packs medicine at its pharmacy, even keeping track of expiry dates.These intelligent machines are only going to get closer to patients, eventually even helping to lift them off their beds, says Nanyang Technological University (NTU) don Ang Wei Tech.
Healthcare is a notoriously labour-intensive affair, where ferrying a single bed-bound patient to get an X-ray requires the combined effort of two hospital staff. Each day hundreds of trips are also taken on foot to deliver medicine, medical samples and reports across hospital floors. And healthcare is just one sector that robotics has infiltrated and were robots will continue to be adopted. The robotics industry is exploding and disrupting life as we know it.

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