The government and companies are seeking to help senior citizens benefit from technological innovations, in light of concerns they might be left behind amid fast-changing digital trends.
The Seoul Metropolitan Government said earlier this month it would make its high-tech welfare program available to more senior citizens. Using internet of things technology, the program helps deal with emergencies by monitoring the temperature of houses and physical movements.
Meanwhile, mobile carrier SK Telecom has upgraded its AI speaker-based welfare program for senior citizens. Through Nugu’s artificial intelligence algorithm, senior citizens who live alone can enjoy casual conversations with the smart speaker. More details on the upgrade will be announced as early as next month.
“In order to improve the elderly’s accessibility to the AI speaker, we are developing new functions for the Nugu smart speaker,” said an SKT official, indicating that the upgrade might include providing podcasts for senior citizens.