Have you ever thought of how smart technology may be beneficial to an ageing society? An article from Medium reported that many millions of elderly (65 years or older) live by themselves in the developed nations. The authour also points out that extra care is needed for the elderly who live alone, as living alone increases loneliness, the risk of having mental and physical health problems and more. A solution is needed urgently to address solve this problem, and using smart technology is regarded as one of the methods. Please see more from the original report: https://medium.com/naran/how-smart-technology-is-beneficial-to-senior-care-80918ad37213
“日本人口老化嚴重，除了使經濟疲弱，竟然還衍生治安問題？根據 2017 年法務省的犯罪白皮書數據顯示，近 10 年 60 歲以上長者佔全國罪犯比例不斷上升，從 2006 年的 17.5% 升至 2016 年的 26%，當中過半因店舖盜竊獲罪。日本長者在全國囚犯中亦佔比近 20%，遠超美國與南韓同期的 6% 和 11%。這些高齡罪犯中，約 6 成已喪偶，近 5 成獨居，4 成屬於無親無故或與親友少有來往的無緣老人。有人因為年老無依、窮困交迫，為了保證生活，而選擇長留監獄，亦有人只因生活空虛，入獄尋找人生樂趣。統計顯示，超過 4 成高齡罪犯出獄後，會在半年內再犯，重犯 6 次以上的人竟不在少數。由於獄中高齡罪犯人數眾多，政府甚至需要另建監獄、特設護老職員應對。”
The ageing population in Japan is increasing proportionately in percentage and was blamed for a weakening economy. Bewilderedly, the ageing population was also blamed for causing security issues in the society. In 2017, a report from the Ministry of Justice showed an increased percentage of elderly offenders aged 60 and above when compared to the total number of offenders. The figure was only 17.5% in 2006 while the number has rocketed to 26% in 2016. Fifty percent of these elderly offenders were convicted because of shop-liftering. Among the prisoner population, there is also 20% elderly prisoners, significantly more than that of the US and South Korea. Numbers also showed that approximately 60% and 50% of the elderly offenders did not have a spouse or live alone. Forty per cent of them were found to have no relatives or friends. Therefore, going to prison by committing an offence becomes a way out. According to some statistics, more than 40% of the prisoners will re-commit a crime just to be sent to the prison again, and many of them have committed crimes with various degree of seriousness by 6 times or more. To address the pressing need of facilitating a large number of inmates, the government is forced to open up more prisons for elderly inmates and provide them with health and care services...
More can be found here (in Chinese): http://www.cup.com.hk/2018/03/26/the-prison-heaven-in-japan/
More on Robotics and elderly today. This time, it's a movie.
Robot & Frank is a Hollywood movie that features a sci-fi drama of Frank Weld, an ageing jewel thief, whose son gives him a domestic robot. The movie was directed by Jake Schreier and written by Christopher Ford. Resistant at first, Frank realized that he can repurpose his robots as a cat burglar assistant and slowly warms up to the robot whom he eventually becomes friends with.
「機器人與法蘭克」係一部2012年由Jake Schreier導演Christopher Ford編排的的好萊塢電影，題材為科幻喜劇。劇情設置在不久的將來，由Frank Langella飾演的一位年長的珠寶大盜Frank Weld有一天得到了他兒子給他的一部家庭機械人。一開始十分抗拒，但因爲Frank忽然一十到他可以利用這臺家庭機械人“重拾舊業”。然後慢慢地，他開始對這部家庭機械人產生了好感。
More from: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1990314/
Using Sci-fi to paint a picture of future caregiving to elderly用科幻故事去描述未來的長者護理
In 2011, Ken Liu, an established fantasy and sci-fi writer, published a short story of Tom, an old person, who owns an AI-powered robotic caretaker. The story tells us about the near future of a very comforting yet lonely scene where Tom relies on the companionship of a robot. I wonder what would our future be like when we grow old? Your thoughts? Please see below a snippet from the story. The full story can be read here.
Ken Liu是一位成名的科幻作家。2011年，他發表了一篇關於智能機械護工的故事。此故事圍繞Tom一位老友記與他的機器人護工而展開，場景溫暖也孤獨。作家Ken Liu向我們描寫的是在不久的將來，我們每個人都肯能需要面對的場景。一下係英文原版的一段摘錄。英文原文請點擊此處。
“It’s reliable,” Tom says. Then he seems to have run out of things to say, too. My son is like me, awkward with words when the emotions get complicated.
After a few seconds of silence, his sister steps forward and stands next to the robot. Gently, she bends down to put a hand on my shoulder. “Dad, Tom is running out of vacation days. And I can’t take any more time off either because I need to be with my husband and kids. We think this is best. It’s a lot cheaper than a live-in aide.”
Report from South China Morning Post:
"When I first learnt that Haidilao was going to employ robots and become the world’s first “smart hotpot restaurant,” my first reaction was not excitement but worry.
As a self-anointed hotpot connoisseur who has patronised the Beijing-based chain’s restaurants 33 times in less than two years, I believe that friendly and meticulous service was what made Haidilao what it is today. Can robots, with their preprogrammed responses, cater to China’s demanding hotpot warriors?
The restaurant chain’s good service is legendary within the food and beverage industry in China. If a waiter sees a patron having hotpot alone, he or she will place a big cuddly soft toy in the seat opposite you so that you feel less lonely. Having your birthday? Here is a bowl of free noodles and a birthday song."
即便我們分類了，但也還是會被挑出來送去焚化爐燒。ecopixel 與建築師 Atelier Mendini 合作推出的塑料回收躺椅 ALEX。
Even after we recycled, the plastics will still be picked out and sent for burning. Ecopixel and the architect Atelier Mendini collaborated and launched the plastic recycling recliner.
“HSBC published its HSBC Retirement Monitor in March 2018. The report summarized the levels of retirement life into four categories, which includes Basic, Simple, Comfortable and Affluent. For the Basic level, a single individual needs to have 1.3 million HKD in his/her saving account if one uses 6640 HKD every month...”