One of the primary applications of humanoid robots is expected to be elder care. For decades, researchers, particular in Japan, have been on a mission to develop androids that would enable old people to live independently for longer by helping with meals, personal care, and mobility while also providing company. The forthcoming film, Robot & Frank, is a dramedy that plays on that theme. It'll be in theaters August 24. (Thanks, Jason Tester!)
David Pescovitz is Boing Boing's co-editor/managing partner. He's also a research director at Institute for the Future. On Instagram, he's @pesco.