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Will Caretaking Ever be Automated?



Visit the research facilities of the Georgia Institute of Technology. You may meet Darwin, a pint-sized robot that helps patients meet physical therapy goals.

From enhancing a surgeon’s precision to disposing of medical waste to monitoring health metrics, artificial intelligence (AI) is making a big impact on the sector. Even the pint-sized robots are doing big things in healthcare. It will be fascinating to see where it all goes.

As populations age, one area robots could help tremendously is caregiving. While a lot of caretaking tasks can probably be automated, it’s a little trickier than just administering medicine or getting someone dressed. Here’s what to expect:

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The population of those over the age of 65 in America is expected to more than double by 2060, up from 46 million today to 98 million. By then, the 65-and-older age group will represent nearly one-fourth of the population (they make up 15% now).

This demographic shift is precisely why home health aide, personal care aide, and nursing assistant are among the fastest growing jobs. For instance, from 2016 to 2026, the number of home health aides is expected to increase by more than 40%, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. In total, more than 1.3 million caregivers will be needed just over the next decade.

This growing need for caretakers is putting workers under strain already. Most caregivers are overworked and not paid well. It shouldn’t come as a surprise that caregiving has a turnover rate of 60%.

All of this means elderly patients aren’t getting the attention and quality of care they need. So, what’s the solution? While more attractive compensation, tapping into new labor pools, and promoting the career as a noble pursuit helps, AI may be the most realistic solution.

What’s noteworthy is that the current limit isn’t in the technology, as robots can perform many caretaking duties, from doing home chores to assisting with physical therapy. It’s in making the technology affordable. When that day comes, it will be possible for caretaking to be automated — but robots won’t take out the role of the human caregiver entirely.

We still need a human touch

Caretaking is much, much more than handling the physical needs of patients. There’s an emotional element that’s equally important.

For instance, one thing elderly people need is companionship. Due to the demands of the job and shortage of workers, caregiving isn’t getting this part done for patients. Among aging Americans, 43 percent report feeling lonely on a daily basis, according to a study conducted by the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). The scary thing is the UCSF study also found that seniors who reported feeling lonely were more likely to decline and die faster.

In another study done by researchers at Brigham Young University, it was discovered that the subjective feeling of loneliness increases the risk of death by 26%. This makes it as threatening as obesity, excess alcohol, and smoking. Clearly, we should be paying more attention to loneliness among those that need caregiving.

Robots can certainly help with easing loneliness to some degree by being there when human caregivers can’t. But can they actually connect to people in a way humans can?

The short answer is that robots can offer some emotional support, but can’t do it in the same way humans can (at least for now).

Caretakers provide uniquely human services that cannot currently, or easily, be automated. While AI may possess the technical skills to perform physical caregiving tasks, the emotional side of the job will necessitate that human caregivers remain.

The future role of robots and humans in caretaking

Louise Aronson, a geriatrician, is an advocate for introducing more robots to the field of caregiving. Aronson attests that robots could solve the workforce issue by “strategically supplementing human care.” She adds that robots could even “decrease high rates of neglect and abuse of older adults by assisting overwhelmed human caregivers” and replacing those who have intentionally abused patients.

Robots can lessen the workload and handle more labor-intensive activities, such as helping with exercise, cleaning the kitchen, and changing clothes. What this will do is give caregivers more time to focus on the more human side of the job, which could include:

  • Listening and observing: Caregivers can better meet emotional and physical needs by allowing patients the opportunity to express themselves.

  • Improving caregiving strategies: With more time and energy available, caregivers can think more big picture, creating plans that identify, address, and solve key issues the patient faces.

  • Connecting to others: Caregivers could get patients involved in social groups, such as walking clubs or fitness classes, to enhance well-being.

Beyond repetitive manual tasks, robots could offer more assistance by engaging with patients, providing emotional support and social connection when caregivers are busy. For instance, there are already chatbots that could talk about the weather during breakfast, provide a reminder that a family member is coming to visit, and answer questions about a variety of topics. They could even read and play games with patients.

Virtual reality (VR) can play an exciting role in caregiving as well. One great development has been OmniVR, a rehabilitation system that takes patients to a virtual world where games like ‘sit and stand’ bingo can be played. The software captures data from patients, providing caregivers and other medical staff with important data to improve outcomes.

Being able to do all this for patients, the benefits AI can bring to caregiving are tremendous. For example, giving your brain a daily workout reduces the risk of dementia. Since robots can keep the brains of seniors stimulated by doing puzzles or teaching them something new, they can possibly be instrumental in preventing the disease.

Automation in Caretaking: A win-win for everyone

Let’s go back to the original question: Will caretaking ever be automated? The answer is yes, but not entirely.

Many may make the mistake to think robots will engineer humans out of caregiving. I don’t believe this will happen.

Ideally, the best thing that can happen is AI becomes a vital partner to caretakers. They will probably even perform a lot of tasks more efficiently and properly than their human counterparts, such as giving the right dose of medicine or cleaning dirty sheets more effectively. This is a good thing.

I also think that, because robots will step up and handle a lot of the heavy lifting and tedious and detail-oriented activities, patients and their families will begin hiring caretakers for their ability to meet emotional needs and achieve better health outcomes, rather than just their ability to help out with daily activities. This will require human caregivers to become much better at the emotional and creative aspects of the job.

If this happens, caretaking will advance in amazing ways. Everyone will benefit, most importantly the patient.

Joel Landau is the founder and chairman of The Allure Group, a rapidly expanding provider of skilled nursing and rehabilitation services throughout the New York downstate area. The Allure Group transforms nursing homes into post-acute rehabilitation centers that are attentive to the needs of residents when it comes to their health, comfort, culture, and quality of life. Landau is also the co-founder and managing director of Pinta Capital Partners.

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Nothing Can Stop a Real Hustler: How Karla Singson Grew Physical and Online Businesses in Asia



When you look up hustler in Google, it gives you the definition ‘an aggressively enterprising person; a go-getter’. This does seem to fit Karla. She is aggressive, enterprising, and a definite go getter. But looking back at who she was 10 years ago and looking at her now, I’m not sure that hustler is even the right word anymore.

Fifteen years ago, Karla was a school athlete and quite a “nerd”. She wrote for the school paper, joined the cheerdance group, and played table tennis. She was 16 when she joined her University’s Debate Club. She still remembers the feeling: “I’m the only female freshman. I’m so nervous. But it’s okay. I’m going to do it”. Three years later, she became President of the Debate Club.

She graduated at nineteen (yes a Bachelor’s degree in business), tried being an employee, then eventually decided that business was better for her. It took her only eight months to realize this, and then she ventured the entrepreneur life. She formalized her gift shop and started another business, an events and PR company.  

Today, Karla is a consultant, a serial entrepreneur, an award winning writer, mentor, and speaker. Her clients range from industry giants like Sony Philippines, Air Asia, UNICEF, USANA, and SM to small-medium enterprises. Her first business, Gifts Davao, is now a successful dealership, with ten locations all over the country. Her events business, PREP, grew too. They have served over a hundred brands — big and small. Along the way, she also delved in a few successful online ventures. At twenty-eight, she was awarded at the Asia CEO Awards – Entrepreneur of the Year (Circle of Excellence). 

How does she do it? 

Karla lets us in on her secret to growing small-medium enterprises to millions 


Get to Know Your Client – Inside and Out

Sales is largely human psychology, and you begin the study with your client. Get to know your client. Talk to them, listen to them, ask for their feedback, and observe their behavior. Know what motivates your client and what makes them tick. When you understand how your clients think and what motivates them, you begin to understand their behavior. Later on, you will learn to predict their behavior. This is when you can sell almost anything to them. Know your clients fully.

Choose Profit-first, low capital (or zero capital) businesses

Starting a business with zero to low capital is definitely possible. This is especially ideal when you’re just starting out. A profit-first business means you get paid, even before the service is provided. The next step is to grow that profit – make more sales. Frontload your business with sales and purposefully increase the gap between sales and expansion. Sales should always be ahead. Cash should always be available. Cash on hand is the single most important thing when you’re just starting. Worry about expansion second, all problems will be taken care of if you have the cash/sales.


Grow as a Leader

Growing your business is extremely exciting. Closing deal after deal and selling effectively can be addicting. As you grow your business, grow your leadership skills as well. You are no longer working on your, and you are no longer the sole owner of your business. Your business will not thrive with you alone – you cannot carry that weight. You need the help of your team. As they look up to you as a leader, inspire them, motivate them, lead them, and manage them. Leading your people is taking care of your people. And it’s true what they say, take care of your people, and your people will take care of your clients.

With these 3 tips, Karla makes success in business seem simple. But simple doesn’t always mean easy. There will be obstacles along the way, and you will need help and guidance. The fastest path to growing your business – find a mentor.

Or better yet, find a mentor who’s also a hustler. But then again, is Karla a hustler? There seems to be no perfect word to describe who Karla is. She is a topnotch businessperson and leader overall, and she doesn’t seem to be stopping soon. 



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What Does It Take To Be The Real Mckoy In The Music Industry



Recently Disrupt covered the interview  with Billboard and  Bad Bunny about his music so we decide to dig deep on some questions on what it takes in this industry with “The Real Mckoy.”

Music has been part of cultures for thousands of years.

It moves mountains of pain and can motivate men and women into battle.

It’s been part of the human race as far back we can go into history.

What really goes into the birth of music?

What’s the process that extends from the airwaves to our hears? 

We sat down with Mack aka ‘The Real Mckoy’ to pick his brain on what makes him

tick and his advice to others wanting to reach similar levels of success. 


Why is music your passion and purpose?

Music is something that I believe is rooted deeply in me.

I have always loved and been a fan of good music.

My purpose is to try to reach and inspire those that I am able to.

What was the biggest challenge you faced in your career?

My biggest challenge early on was finding people who were serious about pursuing a career in the music industry as much I was.

What advice would you give anyone wanting to be an artist?

I would advise people who really want to be an artist to go for it if that is what they truly desire.

However, I would also advise them to really question there reasoning for pursuing it.

Is it something that they truly are passionate about? or are they doing it because it “seems cool”?

What does the future look like for The Real Mckoy?

Musically, I believe I will always continue to make music. As far as for other endeavors, I am open to new opportunities that will allow me to express myself as well allow me to be of service to our culture and society.

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Tyler Hill Ambitious Entrepreneur Disrupting Social Media Game



The Next Frontier 

Every generation has it’s breed of genius. It’s innovative beings that set forth new waves, in the world.

Tyler is disrupting those waves with a tsunami of innovations in the way we view social media marketing.

Some of us young and some older we all try to pivot and angle or social media to keep up with up every changing and demanding, lighting fast internet.

Hill has mastered a methodology that his students are able to digest and implement within a matter of days. You can find more information about this method at Tyler Hill Systems

Giving Back

Tyler loves to help out his community locally and online.

This is why he advises that you reach out to have a mentor who can help guide you along your journey wither it be online or offline.

Tyler quotes Warren Buffet often and his favorite is.  “By far the best investment you can make is in yourself,” Buffett told Yahoo Finance editor-in-chief Andy Serwer 

To The Future 

Tyler Hill is also the COO of Social Blume an Instagram growth firm that prides in effect organic growth.

Tyler says that great things are in store for the future of Social Blume as they work on new projects that combine with the new influencer monetizing systems on Instagram.


If you want to find out more how you can use social media to your advantage and leverage online to help you disrupt your income and skyrocket online Tyler Hill is a great starting point to get some mentoring.


Find out more on Tyler Hill on his Instagram 



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