Experts using AI to help people cope during pandemic: ‘Robots are our friends’

Robots are our friends,” said Jeffrey Krichmar, Ph.D., a professor of cognitive sciences at the University of California, Irvine (UCI). Recently, Krichmar’s team started testing socially assistive robots with the goal of helping people perform household chores, accomplish health care tasks and even offer them emotional support. “That could be very helpful if a person is impaired and can’t get help in the home because they’re locked down or quarantined,” he said.