Professor, Dale and Edinburgh University discussed on Chips with Everything


Or a remote touch device or something that you may feel that you are interacting much more closely, the person using these remorse systems, but that can create a scenario where you will feel less the need for physically traveling to the person and interacting with them. And that can be bad thing. From a social perspective, technology has two sides of the coin, and we should always make sure that the social and the fun aspect of literally meeting somebody touching hands hugging, and interacting physically them does not go away with the distant technology. Say they exhibition may talked about in the first half remained contact, expose as it says, how creative uses of technology might enhance feelings of connection and tackle isolation, other any ethical risks to trying to use tech to do that kind of thing, or maybe as there are risk that focusing on these more creative. Technologies can distract attention and resources away from other things we should be focusing on when dealing with this kind of thing. So I'm personally believe that technology can be very powerful to enable much more immersive. Experience for for many people. So if you compare the teleconferencing systems of today to the just these patchy phone systems from ten fifteen years ago, we can affect to Lee hold full-fledged interactive meetings with people. That is, that is a good thing. So I definitely don't think that doping that kind of technology is inherently bad. What it should not do is replace the actual physical contact and the physical. The need for meeting people on physical one to one basis. If we use the technology with the right level of restraint in terms of enhancing current capabilities, I think that is a very good thing. What would you like to see technology bring to the practice of carrying for people? So physically getting to a stage where the ratio of carers to people who need the care is becoming completely skewed. So even if we wanted this kind of human touch and human one on one carrying scenario, it may not be physically feasible for that to happen just because the demographics of the way things are going. So one creative. An interesting way of using technology would be to use them for doing all the sort of more mundane routine things in caretaking situation. So it could be beds which cleaned itself or pill dispensing systems, medicine dispensing systems that operate automatically on a routine without having a human. So this would free up detain that care would need for more human social and cognitive level interactions. Potentially these people could provide physical companionship rather than doing the more mundane jobs. Before we sign off this week, let's dive under the sea off the coast of Orkney by Microsoft has just sunk a big white cylinder containing several of its computers. This data center has been submerged in the name of energy efficiency for which the Orkney islands are renowned. The theory is that keeping the data center on the water will prove a cheaper way to keep those computers cool, cutting down on energy costs. Hyperbole. None of them break while that down there. I'd like to thank professor Kerry Jewett of UCLA. I'm professors set. We've agenda of Edinburgh University for joining me this week. Special, thanks to Katherine vaccine. Dale of invisible flock. Taking me on a tool of the remixed contact exhibition. There will be links to the in touch research project led by professor to it and the center for robotics Edinburgh University. In this week's episode description on the guardian website. You'll also find a link to the UC l. festival of culture 2018 which featured the remote contact exhibition alongside events on everything from sex migration to medieval Dokes. I also want to hear from you if you have any questions or suggestions. Topics feature shows drop me a line at chips podcast at the guardian dot com. I'm Eric Webber. Thanks for listening. For more great podcasts from the guardian. Just go to the guardian dot com slash podcasts.

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