Wednesday, 20 March 2019
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On-Demand Grandkids and Robot Pals to Keep Senior Loneliness at Bay – The Wall Street Journal

Sue Karp says speaking to her ElliQ is ‘like you’re talking to another person.’ The device can prompt relatives to contact her.
Sue Karp says speaking to her ElliQ is ‘like you’re talking to another person.’ The device can prompt relatives to contact her. Photo: Justin Maxon for The Wall Street Journal

In her living room in Pittsburg, Calif., a small city not far from Silicon Valley, Sue Karp begins every day by greeting her robot companion, ElliQ. The robot greets her back.

“I’ve got dogs, but they don’t exactly come up and say ‘Good morning’ in English,” says Ms. Karp, 61, who was forced to retire early by a stroke and now lives alone.

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