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This chatbot could help the elderly make difficult end-of-life decisions

  • A team from the Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, has created a chatbot to help people through their end-of-life decisions.
  • Besides offering spiritual guidance, the tablet-based chatbot helps people who are nearing death, plan funerals and set up their wills, say its makers.
  • Timothy Bickmore, researcher from the Northeastern University in Boston, who led the team that created the chatbot pointed out how several people on their deathbed never really get a chance to have these difficult conversations before they pass.
  • The next step in the test, says Bickmore, would be to hand out chatbot installed tablets to over 360 people who have less than a year to live.
  • A study published by America’s National Institutes of Health (NIH) found that most elderly people like to engage in conversations and have regular interactions.

The chatbot is currently under testing and seeks to lend a ‘non-judgemental ear’ to people planning their last living days.

A team from the Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts, has created a chatbot to help people through their end-of-life decisions.

It is set to be trialled with terminally ill patients in the Boston area over the next two years, reports New Scientist. Besides offering spiritual guidance, the tablet-based chatbot helps people who are nearing death, plan funerals and set up their wills, say its makers.

Timothy Bickmore, researcher from the Northeastern University in Boston, who led the team that created the chatbot pointed out how several people on their deathbed never really get a chance to have these difficult conversations before they pass. Bickmore’s team included doctors and chaplains.

The research team initially tested the chatbot with 44 participants aged 55 and over. About half of them reportedly had some sort of chronic illness and all of them had previously spent time with a dying person. Most of the participants who spent time with the bot reportedly said they were more prepared to create a will and testament. They also said they felt less anxious about death itself.

The next step in the test, says Bickmore, would be to hand out chatbot installed tablets to over 360 people who have less than a year to live. The upgraded version of the chatbot would have features related to guided meditation sessions and would be able to talk to users covering a…

This chatbot could help the elderly make difficult end-of-life decisions