A few weeks ago, a man sat down at the table in the café and spent a few moments telling me about how he started a group to bring youth together with the elderly suffering from Alzheimer’s. As he told me the amazing tale of “how” he got started, it reminded me of “how” Agrowbox actually got started. Then as I listened I kept thinking of my robot friend in the Netherlands working with autistic kids and asking,”can we make a robot that bridges the cap with the disease and stigma of Alzheimer’s?”
Today I know we can, yet, I am stuck in the middle of helping a friend, getting prototyping access and spaces and cranking out the ideas in physical form…but this morning, I am going to take my camera and spend some time seeing if what I have in my mind as an image matches the reality of what the problem is.
It is funny about “image” we crate in our minds. We “think” about something and we get the image in our minds that have bias within it. I read a bunch of reports about witness credibility and various experiments with legal and law enforcement, and usually what we think something is, rarely is the exactly the case. The human mind can be both wonderful and scary with how it fills in the blanks, particularly when emotion and feelings are involved vs. plain logic.
So in my mind I have this image of a robot that I am fairly certain we can take parts of the augmanity systems and modify to work on bringing a bit more humanity to people who really don’t remember as well as they used to. I guess I could dig up the olfaction prototypes we had and trigger their long term memories and have the group regress into a time when they were younger, but the bigger issue is a perpetual “newness” from the effects of short term memories failing.
So I don’t’ know what will happen. I will take a camera, a sketchbook and watch and observe. I think of the next 20 years and I wager Alzheimer’s will surpass heart disease in scale of people being affected?
It really is going to be an interesting time in the next 20-30 years, should mankind not do something stupid with the technology. Last night I had a comment with a report about agroponics and greenhouse growing. The labor force is the highest cost. I wrote, “the robots are coming and soon the universal salad bar will be implemented to feed people greens. The issue will be do people want to work and do more to get a better grade of salad dressing?”
Another comment I made was that I think a great deal of food we will eat in the future will be synthetic. The idea of your own fresh vegetable will be some giant robot farm that will create perfect plants
What the geniuses are forgetting is that the robot will not bring the bond of community and the social setting that farms used to. I guess they will have “best of code” in as a category in the farm shows for “best of show.”
Off to watch and see what it looks like when you take a bunch of Alzheimer patients out on a play pitch and bring young minds to be with them at the same time. Have a great day. now i get to do several different unrelated things and try not to get confused, or confuse others.