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Alumni 2015 AAL Active and Asssited Living, ICT for Older Persons, Kerstin Zimmermann

  1. 1. AAL Kerstin Zimmermann <Sniffy with tissue box, light electronic candle> Liebe Trauergemeinde, Ich freue mich, dass wir hier heute alle zusammen gekommen sind. Oh, I see babelfish is not working, so please unplug your hearing ads and I will continue in English. Dear congregation of mourners, I’m glad to have all of you around. We meet today to say good-bye to Erna. <picture> This is Erna, a nice little old lady. You look a little bit shocked, like I was whrn I got the mes- sage. Am I on the wrong event? No, it’s Saturday afternoon. If anybody fell overwhelmed by his or her emotions, so please help yourself. <tissue box> I am very pleased to see you all personally as this does not come naturally these days in 2050 and I’m quite unhappy to talk to avatars. After all I stand in front of you not being made up and I guess that would also be in the intention of Erna. She finally started to act crazy at the age of 100. She started to refuse to recharge her PDA and demanded to answer phone calls herself and even manage her agenda manually. Can you imagine this? Stumbling suddenly became a sporty event and vital signs bouncing up and down were deemed more interesting then the stock ticker. Honestly, who wants to move from A to B these days under pain, when the environmental parameters are out of control? Ok, agreed, you need to have a certain level of trust in the cyber physical systems, but how are you going to feel your digital pulse otherwise? Or would you rather be offline – wouln’t you? … There you are ….
  2. 2. 2 No matter what your smart home tells you, you don’t have to listen, do you? Life is live, with or without technology. From time to time it’s rather enter- taining to see alarms raised and wait for the neighbours to find out about the malfunction. Living in a smart city with everything connected is great, you get infor- mation about what is happening next door or at the other end of the city. I managed to decrease my energy consumption of 30% although I have a lot of sensors in my home. The shared facilities like washing machines, eCars or cleaning robots help to lower the space needed for personal belongings. Erna was more sceptical about that. But why not live like a student again when you are old? Come on, it’s a lot of fun! No kids, but regulary updates. We travelled many times, in real and virtually. Healthy food grown by urban gardening became more and more important and chronic deseases could be nearly banned. As we are more individual in age based on our experi- once and former lifestyles there is no mass production any longer. 3D prin- ting can deliver on demand whatever you need and wish. Erna very much liked this furly toys, so I to design a new creature for each of her birthdays in a new color and shape. It was really a challenge to mix a giraffe with a mouse and let the result look naturally and charming. And of course we had to archive the content for the web gallery. Where have we left off? Oh yes, the digital oblivion. Recently I’ve com- pared pictures of Erna, which have not been indexed and obviously popped up erratically due to an erroneous update, although they should have made their way in virtual nirvana long ago … I remember our first meeting quite well as it had been just yesterday. For both of us as digital immigrants smart phone and tablet were something new. We first met in the year 2010 at a conference on AAL in Odense, Denmark. A nice country, so flat open.
  3. 3. 3 There the new transnational Ambient Assisted Living Joint Programme was launched. Based on the demographic change to happen in Europe a lack of care givers was prognosticated. So the development of ICT-based products and services was forced to raise the quality of life of older adults @ home, in the society and @ work. This meant to live self-determined as long as possible without being dependent of the help of other persons. Within the first 150 projects many different technical solutions were devel- oped and tested with direct involvement of the endusers. This interdiscipli- nary setting was really challenging and the mission oriented approach a novum at that point in time. It was before the other Joint Programming Initi- atives and the EIP-AHA & KIC came up. What do these abbreviations stand for? Within the European Partnership for Active & Healthy Ageing EIP-AHA the first field tests started. The Knowledge and Innovation Com- munities KICs with the European Institute of Technology EIT triangle mar- ket, society and individuals for a triple win-win-win situation in this area. But all of this concepts lacked a clear and simple goal understandable for everybody. In Austria we started with a vision focussing on three specific areas of living to join forces. We funded test regions with 100 households, some were even located in Innsbruck and Götzis, so may be you had heard of it, to make the dream become true. In the year 2014 it AAL Programme entered its second phase. Now it was called Active and Assited Living Research and Development Programme. The yearly calls were based on challenges like care of the future or smart home environments rather than on technology. An attempt to groups and cluster the different solutions offered so far was made to really meet the needs. It has been a long way bringing these innovations into market. How scepti- cal the people were in former times: How can you dare this! Robots can never be a supplement for humans. Who wants to be permanently moni- tored? Who shall pay for this investment?
  4. 4. 4 Kerstin Zimmermann Austrian Federal Ministry for Transport, Innovation and Technology, Vienna AALA Vice President, Member of Executive Board, Brussels kerstin@physik.org www.physik.org/kerstin But when a fall with a femoral neck fracture happens, all this arguments does not count any longer. Now everybody is happy, that the accident is recognised and the alarm is set automatically. It is only a little embarrass- ing when you notice that the person is not alone in the flat. <smile> But that was Erna, every time a surprise. She was also a smart worker. Within the 4th industrial revolution based on open and big dat she always had new ideas on what to do. On the other side she loved to work till her 80ies. But when you cannot seerate between free and working time any longer, who cares? Also the frontiers between nature and technology are vanishing. Look at all these flies for example? Are you sure they are naturally or are they mini drones? Have you ever thought about that? But there have to be some annoying aspects otherwise life looses its spice. So what else can I tell you about Erna? Of course we will miss her! Now we all know what’s really important. We all will remember her extraordinary voice tune. Does anybody also want to say something in memoriam of Erna? Not? Then let me finish with a minute’s silence. Please stand up.

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