Some news and views noted along the way while browsing.
‘A robot is my friend’: Can machines care for elderly? – “A special robot with 24 fingers has been developed for hair washing and head massage, useful if a person has limited arm movement. It is something Panasonic has also tried out in Japanese hair salons. The idea of using robotics to care for the elderly is being trialled everywhere from Singapore to Salford.”
Chile’s election: A tale of two daughters – “Chile holds a presidential election on Sunday [overnight our time] and both frontrunners are women – the socialist Michelle Bachelet and her right-wing rival Evelyn Matthei. In a region where politics is still very much a man’s game, that, in itself, is remarkable enough, but when one considers the relationship between the two women, it becomes more extraordinary still. Ms Bachelet and Ms Matthei went to the same primary school and played together as kids.Their fathers were close friends and served together in the Chilean air force until the military coup of 1973 tore them apart, with tragic consequences.”
Former PM Silvio Berlusconi resurrects Forza Italia - “Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has relaunched his old party Forza Italia following a split in the centre-right movement. It comes a day after dissidents broke away to form a new faction led by his former right-hand man Angelino Alfano. … Tensions in the PLD party have been high as Berlusconi faces expulsion from parliament over a court conviction.”