A project known as Robot Companions, “which will develop soft-bodied ‛perceptive’ robots as companions for the lonely,” has been selected as a finalist for an EU competition, that will award one billion Euros over ten years for two huge flagship projects that will apply information and communication technologies to social problems. The Future and Emerging Technologies (FET) Flagships aim to unite Europe’s scattered academic forces around well-defined missions that feed directly into the European Union’s social or political goals. “It’s like ‛mars-landing’ projects”.
Who knew it was one of the EU’s social and political goals to deal with the problem of loneliness?
Recently I spoke with an organizer of Christmas events in the Pyrenees Orientales, and I suddenly realized how much loneliness fills in the single people’s everyday life. An invitation list of 300 people is often reduced by half, most of which arise from the lonely, young as well…
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