More on Robotics and elderly today. This time, it's a movie. 今日講講更多機器人與護老爲主題的電影

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。

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用科幻故事去描述未來的長者護理 Using Sci-fi to paint a picture of future care-giving to elderly

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.”

Have you ever thought of your retirement plan? 有冇想過你日後的退休生活?




“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...”

A first-hand review of Haidilao’s ‘smart’ hotpot restaurant in Beijing

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."

"當我第一次知道海底撈要將你的打火鍋去人工化,用機器人去打造第一件只能火鍋店的時候,” 我的第一感覺並不感到十分興奮…”

Original link: https://www.scmp.com/tech/article/2171402/first-hand-review-haidilaos-smart-hotpot-restaurant-beijing

垃圾分類 Waste Recycling

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.

TAC Health Week

A group of health ambassadors and our Service-Learning Project Trainees organised a booth, TAC Health Week, to promote 10 types of food that will make you happy. "If you are not so happy today...you can have some dark chocolate, tomatoes and deep-sea fish etc which contain nutrition that can vitalise your body and make you feel happier" Our Project Trainees introduced

LEI Beta Lab

After a long preparation for the LEI Beta Lab, we finally organised the very first Design Thinking workshop for the Service-Learning course CLC9012 To Care About Our Society - Social Marketing. Students built prototype to demonstrate the ways to improve indoor air 

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