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The ugly paradox behind the West’s demographic problems

By Howard W. French

29 Mar 2023 · 5 min read

Editor's Note

FP argues that people in rich Western societies will go to almost any length to avoid the readiest and most humane solution available: immigration.

Last week, one of the stories that most caught my attention in the sort of random but uniquely fulfilling way one can get from browsing newspapers was an item from Italy that said, with more than 7 million of the country’s 60 million people over age 75, some are turning to small, cute-looking robots to attend to older adults. Looking forward to coming breakthroughs in artificial intelligence, some experts there are already predicting that this will produce a revolution in caring for this cohort.

“We all have to look for all the possible solutions, in this case technological,” Loredana Ligabue, the president of Not Only Elderly, an Italian advocacy group for family caregivers, told the New York Times.

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