Caring for the most vulnerable?
It’s 2034, and you’re off to visit your aged uncle in a nursing home. The explosion in the number of elderly patients with dementia has placed huge pressure on resources, especially the human kind, so patients like him are being cared for part of the time by robots.
You find your uncle “sitting on a bench in the courtyard garden… with what looks like a baby seal on his knee. He is looking into its eyes, lost in a world, then he brushes its whiskers and tickles its nose with a slow finger. “Itchy-itchy-itchy-coo,” he says. The seal wriggles, gazes back at him and makes small, seal-like noises. [His] smile shows his pleasure.”
You can read Nigel Cameron's full article at the Unherd.com website.