Is ‘mechanical love’ perhaps the answer for the lack of attention for people suffering with dementia (2012)?

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It might be the cuddliest medical device ever to cause an ethical quandary.

Five years ago, a Japanese robot manufacturer introduced Paro to the world. Built to resemble a baby harp seal with a plush coat of antibacterial fur Paro was hailed in Japan as a pioneer among socially interactive robots, one that would help lift the spirits of millions of elderly adults.

 

Pdf. Article by Anne Tergesen and Miho Inada