“Don’t put that robot in the box! That’s my friend,” they’d say, as the researchers came to take them away. They had to carry him out and box him up in the hallway.
“That was a surprise for me, and I’ve worked with older people for most of my life,” says Peri. “One of the things that a lot of the other health professionals will say is, ‘Why are you wanting to put robots into older people’s houses? It’s not a nice thing to do, they need human people to talk to, not robots’.