Thousands of "service robots" are expected to be introduced in the next few years to take over a variety of tasks.

In the next few years, tasks like delivering medication and food or transporting laundry and trash could be carried out by specially-developed “service robots” in hospitals. According to an article in the Wall Street Journal, thousands of these robots are expected to be introduced in the U.S. as the elderly population grows and the health-care system tries to find ways of dealing with increasing costs and a shortage of doctors and nurses. The article explains:

This new robotic breed is boasting features increasingly found in smartphones, gaming consoles and other consumer electronics, from advanced sensors and motion detectors to powerful microprocessors and voice activation. The service robots are self-aware, intelligent, and able to navigate changing environments, even chaotic hospital settings.

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