A journal essay argues that Western societies could benefit from acknowledging social robots' relational value.
The idea of robot companions for older adults is considered "unseemly and unthinkable," says Nancy Jecker, a professor of bioethics and humanities at the University of Washington School of Medicine.
Social isolation is worsening and detrimental to health. A bioethicist sees an opportunity: robot companions for seniors.
Robots can now create human mini-organs from stem cells.
A robotic approach to mass-producing organoids could accelerate regenerative medicine research and drug discovery.