Gender + Money = Interior Design

Every time I walk into a redesigned home I notice one thing in common: sanitized perfection. The low, uncomfortable couches with the clean lines, the teak furniture, and the endless wood. For a long time I just considered this the “mod” look, but rich people have a different name for it. Mid-cench.  What Is Mid-Cench? […]

Gender + Money = Interior Design

Look out Google, here comes chatbot

“Ultimately, the future of chatbots will depend on the ways in which they are developed and utilized by businesses and individuals.”

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Warning: not all of this article was written by a human

Google was a game-changer when it first came out. I started using the browser in 1998.

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I was hooked on Google from the start. Unlike other browsers, Google had an uncluttered screen with a simple search window. And it delivered results.

Google’s parent company, Alphabet, has revolutionized the tech industry with so many reliable products like Translate, Maps, Earth, Street View, and Docs. Alphabet made what came before it look like lumbering dinosaurs.

Now Google is threatened by a creature of its own making.

Three weeks ago, an experimental chatbot called ChatGPT made its case to be the industry’s next big disrupter. Using technology created by Google, ChatGPT can serve up information in clear, simple sentences, rather than just a list of internet links. It can explain concepts in ways people can easily understand.

Technology…

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Government by diktat: adult social care companies must have decision making powers about NHS and social care commissioning

The quango NHS England has just published guidance on “Expected ways of working between integrated care partnerships and adult social care providers“. This is the latest direction on how to implement the contentious 2022 Health and Care Act, that received Royal Assent in April 2022. The Health and Care Act 2022 is remarkably permissive; this […]

Government by diktat: adult social care companies must have decision making powers about NHS and social care commissioning

Bowlby: Maternal Deprivation, Romanian Orphans (effects of Institutionalisation) & Early Attachment

Bowlby’s theory of Maternal deprivation ACIDIC is the memory strategy for Bowlby’s Maternal deprivation This stands for: Affectionless psychopathology Critical period IQ low – Intellectual issues Deprivation Internal Working Model – Criminal behaviour – delinquency Deprivation Separation simply means that child is not in the presence with the primary care giver. For example the mother… Continue reading Bowlby: Maternal Deprivation, Romanian Orphans (effects of Institutionalisation) & Early Attachment

Bowlby: Maternal Deprivation, Romanian Orphans (effects of Institutionalisation) & Early Attachment

The Questions We Don’t Ask Our Families but Should

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The Atlantic, November 15, 2022 by Elizabeth Keating

Many people don’t know very much about their older relatives. But if we don’t ask, we risk never knowing our own history.

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You might think you already know your family’s stories pretty well—between childhood memories and reunions and holiday gatherings, you may have spent hours with your parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles soaking up family lore. But do you really know as much as you think?

As a professor of anthropology, I have always been fascinated by the stories that families tell, and a few years ago, I started researching the tales that are passed down from generation to generation. Part of my motivation was personal. When my mother died in 2014, I realized how much I didn’t know about her life. I never asked the questions that haunt me now—questions about what…

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Adjusting holiday expectations

Caregivers can experience additional stress around the holidays on top of an already challenging routine. That stress is often triggered by expectations: from others and ourselves on how a holiday should be celebrated. Family traditions are something to be treasured, but when caring for an ill loved one, those traditions can quickly become burdens. One […]

Adjusting holiday expectations

“Robot makers including Boston Dynamics pledge not to weaponize their creations” by James Vincent

A quadrupedal robot armed with a machine gun built by Ghost Robotics, which has not signed the pledge. | Photo by Chris Jung/NurPhoto via Getty Images A group of robotics companies including Boston Dynamics — makers of the well-known quadrupedal robot Spot — have pledged not to weaponize their most advanced robots. However, the pledge […]

“Robot makers including Boston Dynamics pledge not to weaponize their creations” by James Vincent

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