Big data, technology, and the elderly

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mathbabe

The last time I visited my in-laws in Holland, I noticed my father-in-law, who is hard of hearing, was having serious trouble communicating with his wife. My husband was able to communicate with his father by patiently writing things on a piece of paper and waiting for him to write back, but his mother doesn’t have that patience or the motor control to do that.

But here’s the thing. We have technology that could help them communicate with each other. Why not have the mother-in-law speak to an iPad, or Siri, or some other voice-recognition software, and then that transcription could be sent to her husband? And he could, in turn, use a touch screen or his voice to communicate back to her.

This is just one simple example, but it made me wonder what the world of technology and big data is doing for elderly, and more generally for people…

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