Moxi the Robot Joins Nursing Staff in Texas Hospitals

As Fast Company reports, not only are nurses in high demand, there’s also an actual shortage which may grow over the next decade. To help alleviate roughly 30% of the tasks that nurses do (those that do not involve patient interaction) Austin’s Diligent Robotics have designed and built Moxi the robot. Moxi has now entered the workforce at a few Texas hospitals. There, the robot …

Link About It: This Week’s Picks

Star Trek turns 50, hospitals of the future, art collaborations and more in our look at the web

1. Star Trek Was More Than it Seemed The original Star Trek series might have only lasted three years, but it explored significant political and cultural issues—despite it oftentimes being looked over as purely playful and kitsch. The cult TV show is celebrating its 50th birthday, and NPR explores how the show was “much more than a five-year mission.” From an episode showing the absurdity …

The Hospital of the Future Will Sound Different

The hospitals of the future are going to sound different. At the moment, they are full of beeping and buzzing, footsteps and chit-chat—all noise that’s perceived differently by different patients. Some find the sounds very disruptive, which is understandable considering some hospitals have registered sound at 42+ decibels (the WHO suggests 30 decibels for sleeping, and anywhere over 55 can cause heart disease). Ultimately, a …