Voice technologies using AI are being used to help combat loneliness in countries including Sweden and the UK. Should they be used more widely as coronavirus spreads?
The BBC article explores how voice technologies powered by artificial intelligence (AI) can help combat loneliness among the elderly. The elderly population is particularly vulnerable to loneliness, and it has been suggested that voice technology can help alleviate some of the effects of loneliness by providing a way for seniors to communicate with a digital assistant. AI-powered voice assistants can provide personalized interaction, remind seniors to take medication, check the weather, and even provide companionship through casual conversation. However, the technology also poses some challenges, such as privacy concerns and the need for seniors to have access to the internet and the necessary devices. The article concludes that while voice technology is not a complete solution, it has the potential to make a significant impact on the well-being of the elderly.