Have you seen the movie Robot & Frank? It's about a retired jewel thief who's dealing with the onset of dementia, and his son tries to help by giving him a robot as companion and carer.
The movie came out in 2008 and, eight years on, robots are at a level of sophistication where they could provide both care and companionship for older Australians.
But do we want them to?
The Australian Society for Medical Research (ASMR) is the peak professional society representing Australian health and medical research, and during National Science Week 2016, it's hosting 'Science in the Cinema'.
IMAGE: THIS IS ONE OF THE ROBOTS BEING USED FOR CARE, COMMUNICATION AND COMPANIONSHIP IN AGED CARE FACILITIES HERE AND ELSEWHERE. (PROF RAJIV KHOSLA )
They'll be screening Robot & Frank in Melbourne and will follow it with a panel discussion on the cutting edge, emerging technologies that will transform clinical care for patients with dementia and Alzheimer's disease.
Two of the guests on that panel can be heard here. Futurologist, Tané Hunter and Professor Rajiv Khosla, who is the creator of emotionally intelligent aged care robots.
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