Paro is a robotic baby seal that is used as a pet and social interaction tool in many nursing homes because it seems to help elderly become more social and attentive, especially those with dementia.

However to some people using a robot like Paro for emotional support of the elderly is unethical.

As reported in the Wall Street Journal, robots of all types are starting to play a bigger role in elder care, especially in Japan.    Use of robots for support tasks such as cleaning is alright for some people but they think the Paro has gone too far.     What do you think??

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