Wired tells us that Toyota is trying to build nurse robots. The problem, as we face to a lesser extent in the U.S., is Japan’s aging population and low birth rate resulting in a shortage of nurses. The company is working on building robots to take care of the elderly inside the hospital and out.
Nursing shortage solved, let’s move onto the next one: knowledge workers. Nine Shift writes:
By 2015 we will have a shortage of 14 million knowledge workers, and society will be desperate for college educated professionals.
We’ll have nurse robots but no one to watch over them. Feels very sci-fi.
Joking aside, talent makes the world go round. And a lack of it will be problematic for healthcare, too. Especially as we transition from (more) intervention care to relationship care (wellness support, lifestyle changes, etc.).