Care for the Elderly
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Care for the Elderly
 

Health care robotics is the quintessential area for application of Highly Autonomous systems.

Because of the overall aging of the world's population, a shortage of Health Care workers is already happening on a global scale. Humanoid robots are the obvious solution, but without full, or at least high-level autonomy, these machines each need a human to control it which doesn't solve the problem. Either that or these robots are extremely limited in what they can do so far, as they use predefined rules and data for their autonomous functionality.

 

To solve the problem we need robotics that are as skilled as the human counterparts they need to replace. Especially in Elderly Care, where the circumstances are highly unpredictable, High-Level Autonomy is a prerequisite for any valid solution to the aging problem.

We developed the ASTRID system with one of its primary goals being a possible solution to this current shortcoming in Health Care robotics.  We aimed ASTRID's capability, to reason with analogous knowledge in the face of uncertainty, specifically towards these kinds of solutions.

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Robotics for Hospitals
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Robotics for Hospitals
 

The recent COVID-19 pandemic has even more shown why Autonomous Robotics in health care is a must.
It showed that our global health care workforce is only just sufficient to cope with normal occurring health care workloads, and very hard to scale-up in case of global disaster like a pandemic.

In addition, patients can be highly contagious and therefor human health workers can get infected which is another burden on the capacity of the medical workforce.

 

Intelligent machines can work without any risk in highly contagious environments, with 24/7 availability. The available capacity can also be scaled-up immediately when needed, as one sufficiently trained machine's capabilities can be transferred to other units directly without any delay.

With the availability of the ASTRID system, and in light of the recent pandemic, we expect to see this application area develop explosively over the coming years.

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New insights for Medicine
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New insights for Medicine
 

Closely related to the concept of Super Intelligence, the Deep Inference capabilities of the ASTRID system might uncover new insights relating to medicine and treatments, that are unreachable for human discovery.

The cross knowledge domain capabilities of the ASTRID system largely transcend the human capabilities. Firstly to acquire broad knowledge in many domains simultaneously and secondly to be able to inference across those knowledge domains. The human solution to this problem is to create teams of specialists, but our human communication bottlenecks limit inter-human communication across those teams.

 

This means that possible solutions to certain medical problems might simply be unreachable for humans to discover. The only way to solve these problems, at least for now and the foreseeable future, is to use the power of computers to overcome this bottleneck. But until now, we had no useful option to get the vast amounts of information into a machine in such a way that a reasoning engine could use that data.

Enter the ASTRID system: a system capable of building a (very) complex world model across knowledge domains. This support Deep Inference across all accumulated knowledge and all of its intricate relations that might uncover the insights needed to create the medical solutions that we are seeking.

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