Tillotson, Jenny (2010) Avatars and robots: healthcare and wellbeing in the future. In: The Health and Wellbeing Lunch Debate, 2010. (Unpublished)
|Type of Research:||Conference, Symposium or Workshop Item|
Health and Wellbeing Lunch Debate
Robots and Avatars was conceived and produced by body>data>space, with key partner NESTA. Between June and November 2010, they hosted a series of Lunch Debates which brought together diverse and specialised groups of professionals and experts to deepen the research and further the conversations around the themes of Robots and Avatars. The debates centred around Health and Wellbeing, Artificial Intelligence, Behaviour and Ethics and Future Workplace with expert provocateurs and top level thinkers. The groups were formed from a researched pool of experts from a wide variety of backgrounds, including academics, creative practitioners, industry professionals, public service specialists, artists and designers. They imagined a world that involved a mix of robots, avatars, tele-presence and real time presence in the work place/team space, working within the projects overall themes for young people of Collaborative futures, Multi-identity issues, Future workplace environments, Future career opportunities.
An increase in life expectancy and better health provision means that the population in the UK is ageing. Over the last 25 years the percentage of the population aged 65 and over increased from 15% in 1984 to 16% in 2009, an increase of 1.7 million people. This will significantly affect the future of health and wellbeing. Robots and Avatars debated what these changes will mean for young people today and in the future. Looking at avatars that can predict life choices to help you make more informed decisions, doctor appointments that take place on your mobile phone and toothbrushes that send information about your health to your bathroom mirror – this lunch debate asks what young people and schools can be doing now, to prepare for a technologically pervasive future of health and wellbeing. This Lunch Debate also explored new ways that care and medicine are going to be administered – looking at robot doctors, cybernetics, brain implants and returning again and again to the question of whether humans will always need face to face care?
|Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed:||social care, longevity and senior care, active-ageing, intergenerational exchange, special needs, robotic surgery, home care robotics, ehealth/virtual care, telemedicine, telehealth, online co-production, care networks, physical gaming, disability, mobile care devices, memory, self diagnosis, prevention, cyberchondria, patient-centred approach, organ design, ethics and morality|
|Your affiliations with UAL:||Colleges > Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design|
|Date Deposited:||26 Jun 2012 09:17|
|Last Modified:||30 Jul 2012 16:45|
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