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Can robots help old people feel less lonely‪?‬ Picking Up STEAM

    • Society & Culture

The increasing digital divide is creating a generation of old people who are more socially isolated and disconnected than ever before. Social attitudes and a lack of aged care workers have led to the rise of social robots to help them feel less lonely. But can a robot really replace human contact? Expert Barbara Neves speak with Thomas Feng about accessibility, ageing, the digital divide and robots in this episode of Picking Up STEAM.
Dr Barbara Neves is a sociologist from the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne and author of the book, Ageing and Digital Technology.
Picking Up STEAM is a podcast by the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne about the human consequences of the weird, ugly and the wonderful advances in science and technology. The podcast is hosted and produced by Thomas Feng, with editing and audio engineering by Gavin Nebauer.

The increasing digital divide is creating a generation of old people who are more socially isolated and disconnected than ever before. Social attitudes and a lack of aged care workers have led to the rise of social robots to help them feel less lonely. But can a robot really replace human contact? Expert Barbara Neves speak with Thomas Feng about accessibility, ageing, the digital divide and robots in this episode of Picking Up STEAM.
Dr Barbara Neves is a sociologist from the School of Social and Political Sciences at the University of Melbourne and author of the book, Ageing and Digital Technology.
Picking Up STEAM is a podcast by the Faculty of Arts at the University of Melbourne about the human consequences of the weird, ugly and the wonderful advances in science and technology. The podcast is hosted and produced by Thomas Feng, with editing and audio engineering by Gavin Nebauer.

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