We can all agree that the pandemic caused some real problems in our healthcare system — at the very least, we have a severe workforce shortage in our hospitals and nursing homes. A recent survey from the American College of Healthcare Executives said that personnel shortages is the #1 concern of hospital CEOs. What would Eric Schmidt do? He would use technology, probably AI-powered robots, to help… and that’s exactly what is happening. The New York Times reported that robots are being used to fill care gaps in nursing homes or to help people keep out of them. A former Google X researcher (speaking of Eric Schmidt) Vivian Chu co-founded a company called Diligent Robotics that deployed 15 robots (called “Moxi”) in U.S. hospitals to help nurses deliver and carry meds, supplies, and lab samples during the pandemic. The company just raised millions of dollars to send more robots to hospitals. This seems a little ahead of the Hollywood-predicts-the-future schedule. I, Robot — a sci-fi film that takes place in 2035 — is about how AI-engineered robots help the human race with everything until their superior intelligence leads them to try to control humanity for their own good. By 2035, ONC will probably be overseeing the programming of robots in healthcare, and Eric Schmidt will have made sure that the robots are safe. As Eric Schmidt will have several more birthdays by 2035, he may need to make sure robots are safe for his luxury senior living facility.
April 29, 2022 | 2 min read
April 29, 2022
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