WATCH: A robot for every home? Japan is using bots as companions and caretakers

Can virtual reality and robots transform elder care? Japan, whose population has the largest percentage of older people in the world, is the first test case.

TOKYO — The world is getting older. Fast. By 2050, the global population of those age 65 and older is projected to nearly double to 1.6 billion.

This global graying has given birth to a new phrase: “super-aging.” A nation is said to be super-aged when more than 1 in 5

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