AI speakers fill in welfare blind spots of lonely seniors

Yonhap News Agency | Aug 16, 2019 at 12:00 AM
  • Kim In-hwan spends most of her time by herself in a small apartment in Seoul, but the 83-year-old with no family says she’s not lonely thanks to a new talking buddy named Aria, the virtual assistant of SK Telecom Co.’s artificial intelligence (AI) speaker, NUGU.
  • The pilot project offers both the smart speakers and access to the Happycommunity ICT Care Center, a social enterprise funded by SKT, for personalized welfare services.
  • Policymakers expressed hope that the AI speaker can enhance monitoring seniors to prevent lonely deaths and access to emergency centers in urgent situations.