Will robots soon be used to care for people?

23 May 2023

Associate Professor Eric Vanman from UQ's School of Psychology spoke with ABC Radio National about the future of care robots.

Dr Vanman said there are different reasons why people may or may not like the idea of robots as carers.   

“A lot of people are afraid that they are going to steal jobs and the other thing is that threat of; where’s the line go between humanity and these inanimate creatures,” Dr Vanman said.

“On the positive side, I think you have to remember that a lot of people are alone.

“The amount of people that live alone, especially elderly people who are perhaps live alone in an apartment, having a companion like a robot might actually be really good for them.”

Listen to the interview