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Source:  Bloomberg

For decades, we’ve dreamed of robots that can be our companions. Now, Danielle Ishak is trying to build one.

Named ElliQ, the robot is aimed at the elderly who live alone, and it’s in the homes of about a dozen beta testers in the San Francisco Bay Area. Ishak’s task is to study these seniors’ interactions with ElliQ to make sure the robot is something they actually want.

Ishak is the subject of the latest episode of Next Jobs, a mini-documentary series by Bloomberg about careers of the future. Her emerging profession, human-robot interaction researcher, represents a critical link to the robot revolution’s next stage.

Until recently, robots were relegated to factory floors or given menial tasks like vacuuming that didn’t involve human interaction.

But now, advances in artificial intelligence, as well as declining costs for hardware components and computing power, have made possible a new kind of robot: one that we share our homes with and engage in conversations.

Read the story at Bloomberg.

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