Will robots replace us?
James Buchan Professor in the faculty of health and social sciences, Queen Margaret University, Edinburgh
Humanoid ‘care-bots’ are being used in Japan to help older people, but could they take over from nurses?
‘An estimated 85% of jobs in 2030 haven’t been invented yet.’ This attention-grabbing headline generated by a study from the Institute for the Future caused speculation about new job titles, such as drone traffic controller and robot mediator, with the latter focusing on helping workers cope with their non-human work colleagues. A glimpse of the future? Or irrelevant to healthcare and nursing?
Nursing Standard. 32, 16-19, 30-30. doi: 10.7748/ns.32.16.30.s22