Robot Caretakers? What Could Go Wrong?

Robot Caretakers? What Could Go Wrong?

Caretaker robots are coming. It may not be right away, but a future where we live with a robot that helps us get up off the couch, fetches drinks, and answers the door will be here someday. And that's the future the ACCOMPANY project (Acceptable robotiCs COMPanions for AgeiNg Years) is working toward.

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Jon Sung is a contributing writer for XPRIZE and copywriting gun-for-hire to startups and ventures all over the San Francisco Bay area. When not wrangling words for business or pleasure, he serves as the captain of the USS Loma Prieta, the hardest-partying fan club in San Francisco.

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