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How Japan built a road map for assistive robots in healthcare

The Tokyo Olympics and Paralympics have begun to recruit the 80,000 volunteer-force it requires over the summer of 2020 [1]. Earlier this year, the game’s organizing committee had planned to incorporate robots to work alongside with their human counterparts in directing guests to competing venues and rendering foreign language support [2]. If visible, these automatons…

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AI in aesthetic surgery: Precision or Prosopagnosia?

Some time ago, pictures of 20 Korean beauty pageant contestants went viral. These photos found attention on the internet not because they portrayed females with exceptional grace but because of how similar all of them looked. Even though beauty lies in the eye of beholder, our definition of what constitutes “attractive” can be rather narrow.…

Virtual assistants support an over-stretched healthcare workforce

Virtual assistants are now trusted by users in a number of industries, including banking, airlines, utilities, and healthcare. Utilizing the conversational interfaces of either chat or voice, these so-called “chatbots” are quickly adding much needed support to an overstretched workforce. Problem to which virtual assistants could be applied: Within the United Kingdom’s West Midlands region,…