Yup, that's something society desperately needs, a robot care-giver.
As the one or two regular readers of this blog will know, I'm a bit iffy on the concept of progress. Topless beer cans are one thing. (Speaking of which, being able to spy a cigarette butt in your beer is a pretty lame excuse for this invention. If you seriously wonder about your drinking companions dousing their cigarette butts in your beer, you probably shouldn't be drinking with them. If you can't remember if you doused your own cigarette butt in your beer, you've probably had enough anyway.)
But this Toyota invention is presented as some sort of Godsend. A robotic caregiver! Weehaa! Just what every elderly person has been dreaming of!
Mind you, "picking up after the elderly" is probably a ways down the list of what the elderly, of which cohort I'm on the margins of, are thinking about.
Sure, that's great...
I've needed one of those for at least the last forty years.
But can they wipe the drool off my face?
Can they change my Depends?
America has what, ten million plus officially unemployed?
And another ninety million plus "discouraged workers" not in the "labour market?"
But they need robots to care for the elderly?
Get the fuck outta here!