New healthcare robot 'easier to talk to' than a doctor, say patients

TECH TALK with Antony Scholefield

“IT JUST felt like talking to a fun medical person ... without the disinterested look of your average GP.” That’s one patient’s verdict on a motivational speaking robot designed to ensure people follow lifestyle advice.

If you thought this aspect of your job was safe from the rise of the robots because they could never replicate the human connection underpinning the art of medicine, then think again.

Australian and UK researchers decided to see if a “brightly coloured, 58cm tall