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How This Pandemic Is Changing How We Live Our Daily Lives

The Straits Times

"We have an innate longing to share our lives with family, friends and partners. This social interaction is important but it is often complex..."

August 3 - 5, AIBotics 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is changing how we live our daily lives. Practicing safe distancing measure and staying at home have become more important than ever to flatten the coronavirus curve.

However, the lack of social interaction, especially for those who live alone, can take a toll on one's mental and emotional health. Experts in the field of artificial intelligence (AI) and robotics say technology can play a role in helping to ease isolation blues, or feelings of stress and anxiety.

"We have an innate longing to share our lives with family, friends and partners. This social interaction is important but it is often complex. While face-to-face interaction is the most genuine form of social interaction, technology has enabled people to socially interact without being in the same place physically," says Mr Oliver Tian, honorary advisory mentor at Asia Pacific Assistive Robotics Association (APARA).

While social media helps people keep in touch with one another, AI and robotics can take it a step further, with a relatively new technology called socially assistive robotics. This type of technology has been likened to a pet companion that can help with physical tasks and serve as a partner for social interaction - an invention especially useful for rapidly-ageing societies.

This will be among the topics for discussion at the inaugural AIBotics 2020, organised by APARA and Singapore Press Holdings' wholly owned subsidiary Sphere Exhibits.

Led by Mr Yosi Lahad and Dr Oren Fuerst, the co-founders of Israel-based robotics company Interactive Companion, the session will put the spotlight on how their company designs AI-based pet companions to monitor, interact with and assist seniors in their day-to-day life while offering telemedicine services and social networking opportunities for the user.

Mr Tian says the session will be helpful for the nursing care community and clinicians caring for elderly patients. "Participants can expect a clear understanding of the factors that affect the use and current state-of-the-art technology for human-machine companionship," he adds.

AIBotics 2020 will take place at Resorts World Sentosa in August. Visit to register. Apart from talks by experts in AI and robotics, visitors will get to see the latest AI technologies on display at the event.

Visit for more details about the event.

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