Why Humans Love Robots Like People

May 21, 2017

… advanced or humanlike, robots are comprised of circuits, cameras, and algorithms. Theyre machines, or as Isaac Asimov often argues, theyre tools, not beings. But if thats the case, what explains our feelings for them? The more humanlike a robot seems in both appearance and ability, the easier it is for us to project human thoughts and feelings onto them (this effect is even more pronounced in Japan, where followers of Shinto or animism believe that objects can have souls). Anthropomorphizing is …

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‘Sesame Street’ is expanding the neighborhood with new theme park

May 19, 2017

… world,” Dunn explains. “We look for partnerships that can assist us in multiple areas. So with theme parks, they first increase engagement and entertainment, but theyll also provide a contribution to help our mission work all over the world.” The new Sesame Place featuring preschooler-friendly rides, water slides, live shows, parades, and human-sized Muppets will open by mid-2021 in to-be-determined U.S. location. BONUS: Simply Delicious thoughts About Food With Cookie Monster …

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Twitter has things to say about that ‘new’ eyebrow wig trend but there’s more to the story

May 19, 2017

… placed over a woman’s eyebrow. The video has gained over 65K views on Instagram, and hundreds of people have commented with their thoughts on the purported trend. #sold A post shared by Hung Vanngo (@hungvanngo) on May 14, 2017 at 10:01pm PDT “Who needs microblading ,” wrote one viewer. “That is actually amazing,” wrote another. “Better to just get them #microbladed,” wrote one unconvinced commenter. why are eyebrow wigs a thing rose …

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Apple spotlights how accessible tech helps people with disabilities thrive

May 19, 2017

… engineer is transforming the tech world at only 22 Meera is nonverbal, living with a rare condition called schizencephaly that impacts her ability to speak. But with the help of her iPad and text-to-speech technology, she can make her thoughts and opinions known and she sure does. From her love of Katy Perry to her passion for soccer, Meera will let you know exactly what’s on her mind. All it takes is a few taps of her tablet, and with a specialized app stringing letters into words, and …

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Facebook and The Trevor Project hope to help prevent LGBTQ youth suicides

May 18, 2017

… support groups along with the ability to report concerning posts related to self-injury or suicide directly to Facebook. Back in March the site was even testing a pattern recognition system that would use AI to identify posts that include certain keywords pertaining to suicidal thoughts. Studies have shown that excessive social media us could increase levels of depression, so the more resources the better. If you want to talk to someone or are experiencing suicidal thoughts, text the Crisis Text …

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MashTalk: It’s totally possible to live modern life without Facebook

May 14, 2017

… Alexa-powered gadget. The Echo Show’s marquee feature is its 7-inch screen. Does Amazon have too many Echos in its lineup? Is a screen really necessary? What about its questionable boxy design? Ugly? Cool? And will Apple obliterate the Echo Show with its own Siri-powered competitor? Lastly, Apps Reporter Karissa Bell calls in from Seattle to share her thoughts on Microsoft’s Build developer conference. It was a bit of a snooze this year, but the tech giant did show off a few cool …

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School exam stress sparks rise in child counselling – BBC News

May 12, 2017

… counsellors exam stress was contributing to “depression, anxiety, panic attacks, excessive crying, low self-esteem, self-harming and suicidal thoughts”. Joanna Barrett, acting national head of NSPCC Scotland, said: “Every year we hear from thousands of children who are struggling to cope with the pressure to succeed in exams. “For some this can feel so insurmountable that it causes crippling anxiety and stress and in some cases contributes to mental health issues or even …

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How to protect yourself when live video shows a suicide

May 1, 2017

… we’ve made to stay connected with the world. And yet it happens. Earlier this week, a Thai man killed his infant daughter and himself on Facebook Live. The video appeared on both Facebook and YouTube before being taken down by the companies. While such incidents are rare, even news coverage of them can make us feel sad or angry. For some people, learning explicit details about these tragedies may lead to suicidal thoughts or behavior. We know this from years of research, but the phenomenon …

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The child abuse scandal of the British children sent abroad – BBC News

February 26, 2017

Clifford Walsh stands in the port of Fremantle near Perth in Western Australia. He is now 72. Fremantle is where, in 1954, aged nine, he stepped off the ship from London, looking for the sheep he’d been told outnumbered people in Australia 100 to one. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption A teacher reads to a group of children in Stevenage who are about to be sent to the Fairbridge school in Molong He describes one brother luring him into his room with the promise he …

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Trump’s Labor Dept. pick admits to employing undocumented worker

February 7, 2017

… Cabinet secretary,” he said in a statement. A Republican source told CNN last month that Puzder had voiced second thoughts about his nomination because of a relentless barrage of criticism from Democrats, labor unions and other liberal groups. “He may be bailing,” a Republican source told CNN’s John King. “He is not into the pounding he is taking, and the paperwork.” Puzder pushed back against these stories, tweeting, “I am looking forward to my …

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