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(Slate)   In the future, will you feel bad if you send your parents to a nursing home staffed by robots?   (slate.com) divider line 53
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2012-02-21 08:39:50 AM
Not as long as they're properly protected.

i116.photobucket.com
 
2012-02-21 09:40:51 AM
I would feel bad for the robots.
 
2012-02-21 10:23:49 AM

St_Francis_P: Not as long as they're properly protected.

[i116.photobucket.com image 320x240]


this
 
2012-02-21 10:29:18 AM
It depends.
 
2012-02-21 10:29:47 AM
I've been threatening my mom with that very idea for years.
 
2012-02-21 10:32:45 AM

St_Francis_P: Not as long as they're properly protected.


Somebody get the lights.
 
2012-02-21 10:59:26 AM
What do the robots look like? Are they fully functional?
 
2012-02-21 11:04:32 AM
4.bp.blogspot.com
We can't say we weren't warned!
 
2012-02-21 11:05:59 AM
Let me guess...the Japanese, right?
 
2012-02-21 11:08:34 AM
The last time we sent my mom to a convalescent home, somebody stole her brand new electric wheelchair.

It cost me $3500 out of pocket. I had saved up for it for years and she only had it for a couple of weeks before she had to go to the facility. The last time anybody saw it, a 'Filipino nurse' was seen driving down the hallway, which was strange because the facility copped to the fact that they had no Filipino nurse, orderlies, or anything else in their employ.

They offered to settle out of court with me for $350. I should've took it because a year later the owners declared bankruptcy and they dropped off the face of the map.

Robot nurses and orderlies? Hell yeah.
 
2012-02-21 11:13:01 AM
The robots would probably treat you better than most of the staffs I've seen at nursing homes.
 
2012-02-21 11:16:32 AM
My mom worked at a nursing home for 25 years.
That's why she quit her job and stayed home with Dad when he needed it. He died in his bed.
Now Mom has cancer and she's arranging for Hospice so that she can also die in her bed.

/No nursing home for my parents.
//I'll be the one in a robot run home.
 
2012-02-21 11:41:03 AM

JediKangaroo: I would feel bad for the robots.


I'm laughing because that was my first reaction.
 
2012-02-21 12:22:51 PM
FTFA: Robots today perform surgeries, shoot people, fly planes, drive cars, replace astronauts, baby-sit kids, build cars, fold laundry, have sex, and can even eat (but not human bodies, the manufacturer insists).

That would be the most awesome nursing home ever. My parents should thank me.
 
2012-02-21 01:58:23 PM

ytterbium: It depends.


It feeds & it washes too!
 
2012-02-21 01:59:49 PM
Came for the Old Glory Insurance ref, leaving satisfied.

/because robots are strong...
 
2012-02-21 02:05:37 PM
"mom, dad... the metal ones have come for you."
 
2012-02-21 02:08:10 PM
I doubt the robots would become sick of their jobs and jaded. If I had to pick between a soulless automaton or a robot, I'll go with a robot. At least they are efficient and attentive.
 
2012-02-21 02:11:16 PM
upload.wikimedia.org

Approves
 
2012-02-21 02:11:33 PM
media.animevice.com

approves.
 
2012-02-21 02:12:10 PM

Tax Boy: [upload.wikimedia.org image 230x395]

Approves


Damn you!
 
2012-02-21 02:12:34 PM

Tax Boy: [upload.wikimedia.org image 230x395]

Approves


Erix: [media.animevice.com image 300x401]

approves.


Boom. Simulpost.
 
2012-02-21 02:13:02 PM

quickdraw: What do the robots look like? Are they fully functional?


Are they Pusher or Shover units?
 
2012-02-21 02:13:33 PM

Erix: Tax Boy: [upload.wikimedia.org image 230x395]

Approves

Damn you!


Tax Boy: Tax Boy: [upload.wikimedia.org image 230x395]

Approves

Erix: [media.animevice.com image 300x401]

approves.

Boom. Simulpost.


Stop it!

/lol
 
2012-02-21 02:18:36 PM
images.wikia.com
 
2012-02-21 02:19:02 PM

Coelacanth: The last time we sent my mom to a convalescent home, somebody stole her brand new electric wheelchair.


CSB time.

Those wheelchairs are fun as hell, until your 55+ y/o Father-In-Law stuffs it into the wall trying to set the best time in the "wheelchair through the house race" event:

i44.tinypic.com


/Didn't even get to fire up the other one to try jousting
//The things you do when you're bored with nothing else to do
///CSB, and thread was done in one
 
2012-02-21 02:19:18 PM
No, and for the reasons stated already:

A robot will not: Steal from, molest, ignore, injure, or harass people (unless programmed to do so.)

A robot will: be more physically capable (strength, dexterity) than a human, not care about cleaning up a ruptured colostomy bag, not become jaded about their job, not get addicted to patient's painkillers that they steal, not doctor records to fraudulently get more money, be on duty 24/7/365 without pay, or forget about a patient's needs.

Advantage: Robots. (Because very few people actually ENJOY caring for the elderly and infirm.)
 
2012-02-21 02:22:54 PM
Personally I prefer the way the movie North dealt with the elderly. You place one person on a comfortable chair on an ice floe and them cast them off into the ocean letting them either freeze to death or drown like the good lord intended.
 
2012-02-21 02:24:11 PM
In the future? I wouldn't feel bad if I could send them both to one right now.
 
2012-02-21 02:28:48 PM
So long as it doesn't have stairs
 
2012-02-21 02:30:35 PM

JediKangaroo: I would feel bad for the robots.


THIS
 
2012-02-21 02:34:25 PM

lasercannon: Personally I prefer the way the movie North dealt with the elderly. You place one person on a comfortable chair on an ice floe and them cast them off into the ocean letting them either freeze to death or drown like the good lord intended.


I like Death Race 2000's modern take:

www.downspike.com
 
2012-02-21 02:40:00 PM

St_Francis_P: Not as long as they're properly protected.

[i116.photobucket.com image 320x240]


Shoulda been in the headline.
 
2012-02-21 02:43:06 PM
I would only feel bad if the robots were not programed to mistreat and abuse the patients.

Hey, I have always joked with my parents about puting them is such a place and to change now would be hypocritical.
 
2012-02-21 02:44:43 PM

Tax Boy: [upload.wikimedia.org image 230x395]

Approves


I fear what would happen if my mother was given a battle robot nursemaid for a bed

huge swaths of the city will be ruined by her
 
2012-02-21 02:46:36 PM
What robotic elderly assistance may look like:
cache.gizmodo.com

/You bet it's hot!
 
2012-02-21 02:47:31 PM
I will send them there in a self-driving car!
 
2012-02-21 02:58:04 PM

Tax Boy: [upload.wikimedia.org image 230x395]

Approves


My first thought as well.
 
2012-02-21 03:10:54 PM
Pft, whatever, I would move to the awesome robot house, the parents can have my apartment.
 
2012-02-21 03:41:43 PM
/Came here for the Rojin-Z reference.
/Leaving, satisfied.
/Insta-slashy.
 
2012-02-21 03:54:36 PM

St_Francis_P: Not as long as they're properly protected.

[i116.photobucket.com image 320x240]


It's just a clever ploy by the robots so they can steal all the medicine.
 
2012-02-21 04:23:52 PM
I wouldn't feel bad about sending dad there, because I'm sure the robots are up to the job of dusting an urn every now and then. And even if they're not, he wouldn't notice.

Mom would drive the robots crazy.
 
2012-02-21 04:25:43 PM
no one has mentioned this crappy book yet
geektyrant.com

/hot
//unlike the book
///which is terrible
 
2012-02-21 04:28:15 PM
I wouldn't feel bad about sending my parents to a nursing home staffed by mannequins.
 
2012-02-21 04:32:16 PM

St_Francis_P: Not as long as they're properly protected.

[i116.photobucket.com image 320x240]


Do not trust the pusher robot. He is malfunctioning. We are here to protect you.
 
2012-02-21 04:47:21 PM
"Gort, gettum outbi frydae."
 
2012-02-21 06:57:56 PM
I wouldn't. Hell I want that for ME! How awesome would it be to have robots take care of you? Plus by then I'm sure they will be able to carry on a conversation so when I starting incoherently babbling they don't tell me shut up and die already.

Robots are our friends...until they turn us into batteries.
 
2012-02-21 07:06:49 PM
Came for Old Glory, leaving satisfied.

/Wait, that came out wrong.
//So did that.
 
2012-02-21 11:39:25 PM
Maybe it will end up like this (new window)
 
2012-02-22 08:35:34 AM
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