"Ted the AI Avatar Living with Dementia" is an award-winning technology that has been specifically created to enhance the performance of caregivers during training. The innovation is the joint venture between Dementia Australia and Deakin University’s Applied Artificial Intelligence Institute (A2I2). The two organizations received the Victorian iAward in the Not-For-Profit and Community Solution of the Year category.
As the extended name might suggest, Ted the AI Avatar has been programmed to handle himself as a human being with dementia. On the topic of the innovation, Dementia Australia CEO Maree McCabe shared: “Traditionally, education for aged care workers consists of a classroom scenario with a facilitator, PowerPoint and group discussion. By using this technology, rather than educating care workers on good principles of communication for people living with dementia, they experience them through trial and error in conversation with ‘Ted’ in a safe and encouraging learning environment. "
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