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Circuits of Care: Ageing and Japan's Robot Revolution

David Prendergast

Circuits of Care: Ageing and Japan's Robot Revolution

Film synopsis

By 2036, one in three people in Japan will be over the age of 65. While the nation wrestles with a shrinking labour force, the Robot Revolution Initiative was launched to expand robotics into every corner of Japanese economy and society. Circuits of Care follows anthropologist David Prendergast as he meets researchers developing and testing assistive technologies for older adults. From cybernetic walking supports to companion robots and automated sensor networks in nursing homes, older adults and care professionals share their experiences of the practical benefits these technologies bring, the problems they create and the unexpected relationships that can blossom.

Project summary

  Runtime  

00:34:07

  Country  

Ireland, Japan

  Category  

Documentary,Ethnographic

  Release Date  

2021-03-28