Consumer Health


This Chatbot Is Trying Hard To Look And Feel Like Us

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Among the attributes credited for Apple's famous customer loyalty is a network of stores where curious or frustrated consumers can meet the company face-to-face. The 3D design software maker Autodesk is trying to achieve something similar online with a help service that allows people to interact with what sure looks like an actual human. The company says that next year it will introduce a new version of its Autodesk Virtual Agent (AVA) avatar, with an exceedingly lifelike face, voice, and set of "emotions" provided by a New Zealand AI and effects startup called Soul Machines. Born in February as a roughly sketched avatar on a chat interface, AVA's CGI makeover will turn her into a hyper-detailed, 3D-rendered character–what Soul Machines calls a digital human. The Autodesk deal is Soul Machines' first major gig, following a pilot project with the Australia National Disability Insurance Agency from February to September, 2016, and some proof-of-concept demos, like a recent one with Air New Zealand.


Hate holiday shopping? Amazon Echo is a gift everyone (yes, everyone) can enjoy

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The holidays are truly the most wonderful time of year: Family dinners, twinkling lights, maybe a high school reunion or two -- but the fact remains that buying the perfect present for loved ones takes some serious work. What kind of present will accurately show your love for your mom and not make dad feel left out? What the heck does dad even like? What do you get for the uncle who has everything or the other uncle who also has everything?! This holiday season, consider a present that can bring joy to everyone in your life at once.


Vinci 2.0 - World's First Standalone Smart Sports Headphones

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Vinci 2.0 is a standalone computing device with a Quad-Core ARM Cortex A-7 processor and WiFi, 3G cellular(SIM card built-in), and Bluetooth connectivity. You can ask Vinci to make a call, send a text message, set a reminder, or give you directions. No phone is required so you can carry less and workout more. Vinci 2.0 can receive push notifications directly from your phone no matter how far away you are from it. Whether you are lifting weights, jogging, or cycling, just ask Vinci for your favorite songs, request songs by specific genres or moods, or let Vinci recommend a song for you, 20 languages supported.


Oxytocin controls how dogs read smiling human faces

Daily Mail

Oxytocin, a hormone involved in social bonding, influences what dogs see and how they experience the world around them, a new study has found. Normally, dogs focus on the most remarkable aspect of a situation, for example threatening stimuli in scary situations - an important skill for survival. But the new study found that dogs under the influence of oxytocin were more likely to focus on smiling human faces than angry ones. Pictured top left are examples of two images shown to the dogs treated with oxytocin during the experiment. Left is an angry face, and right is a happy face.


The Key To How AI Can Help Us Be Healthier

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Can AI make us healthier, happier, better? That's the question on everyone's minds these days. If engineers continue to program AI to take away our jobs and our need to utilize our capacity for deductive reasoning and common sense, then the answer is clearly NO. Human beings thrive on being challenged. It develops will, intelligence, adaptability whether we recognize that fact or not.


The Key To How AI Can Help Us Be Healthier

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Can AI make us healthier, happier, better? That's the question on everyone's minds these days. If engineers continue to program AI to take away our jobs and our need to utilize our capacity for deductive reasoning and common sense, then the answer is clearly NO. Human beings thrive on being challenged. It develops will, intelligence, adaptability whether we recognize that fact or not.


HelloFresh: Machine Learning Engineer

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At HelloFresh, we want to change the way people eat. Over the past 5 years we've seen this mission spread beyond our wildest dreams. So, how did we do it? Our weekly recipe boxes full of exciting recipes and lovingly sourced, fresh ingredients have blossomed into a community of inspired, energised home cooks that expands across the globe. Now we're the fastest growing company in Europe, active and growing in 9 different countries across 3 continents.


Meet The Chatbots That Will Make You Feel Better, One Text At A Time Big Cloud Recruitment

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There has been a much-needed increase in awareness of mental health issues in recent years, and due to the rise in reported cases, there are many companies now looking at ways to deal with the numbers. According to the World Health Organisation, there are more than 300 million people globally suffering from depression, with almost 800,000 people turning to suicide each year. Unfortunately, the demand for specialist help has been met with decreased health care services. Enter, the new age of therapy. Whilst there is no getting away from the importance of the human touch when it comes to healthcare, especially mental health.


How Digital Is Transforming Child Healthcare - CXOtoday.com

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Just imagine a day in your life, where you would no longer have to wait for weeks to visit your paediatrician, followed by an additional wait for your child's health test results and then still more waiting to get an accurate child health record. We are all aware that the constantly altering demographic drifts in child healthcare, the escalating child population and a steeping rise in various chronic illnesses that children these days are suffering from, have nothing but created an enormous demand for health care and social care services for children. Given the superiority of the 21st-century technology, the major question that arises is how can we modify the child health care system to better cope with the rising healthcare needs? The solution to this concern is nothing but efficiently digitalizing child health care to bring in more innovation. Electronic child healthcare is something that needs to be given immediate attention.


Meditation app aims to help veterans tackle anxiety, loneliness

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Veterans dealing with stress have a new option for self-care, and they don't need to leave the house to use it. The Bravo Tango Brain Training app was designed specifically for veterans with the guidance of a former Air Force psychologist and combat vet. The voice-powered app uses Google Assistant and helps reduce stress with meditation, breathing, and mindfulness prompts. It was released this week in honor of Veteran's Day. Dr. Michael Valdovinos, the former Air Force psychologist who wrote most of the app's content, specializes in the intersection of technology and behavioral health.