Empathetic AI? Source: Photo by Owen Beard on Unsplash with Meg Price I recently heard that coaches and helping professions like social workers are considered the last refuge against the ‘fact’ AI. But now AI is learning so fast it can theoretically learn and replace any human task. Even being empathetic ! Research from Harvard University recently suggested coaching can soon be automated. AI comes in many forms, from those little chatbots on websites to Alexa and many other automations that are proactive like the programs in Tesla that the driver talks to. But advances in conversational AI means we can now have conversations with technology that makes us ‘feel’ we are talking to a human that really listens and responds ‘intelligently’. So what? People still want to connect to people! The work of a coach or health care professional requires extensive professional, empathic, psychological, and other skills like human intuition . How could these … [Read more...] about Will AI Replace Coaches and Psychologists?
Squamish Nation says the rollout of vaccines for its communities on the North Shore and in the Squamish Valley next week is a welcome “relief” for many of its residents. Vancouver Coastal Health and First Nations Health Authority confirmed this week that Squamish Nation will be receiving a first round of doses of COVID-19 vaccines for its community the week of March 8. “I think people are relieved and excited,” said Khelsilem, Dustin Rivers, spokesperson for Squamish Nation. “I know for our elders and a lot of our members who are vulnerable, they have had to really do their best to protect themselves, and to avoid COVID-19, and they are looking forward to having that extra layer of protection.” Khelsilem said the nation was hoping around 600 members would be vaccinated in the first round of doses, but it would depend on the supply they are given. The first community members who will get the vaccine are elders 65+ and those with serious underlying health conditions, including … [Read more...] about Squamish Nation says rollout of COVID-19 vaccines for elders a welcome ‘relief’
Berserking teen girls may forever be a staple of Vidcon, but the YouTube stars they worship have done a lot of growing up in the past year. And in turn, so has their industry. Being a YouTube creator is blossoming into a bona fide grown-up business right before our eyes. As young creators mature into savvy entrepreneurs, the ecosystem is maturing along with them — with industry standards and a multichannel network landscape that’s supportive and thriving. See also: The Great Hollywood Migration: Top Talent Streams to Silicon Beach Though they're just starting to settle in, it's a far cry from the parasitic deals and chaotic, Wild West feel of those early years. That’s the prevailing wind out of Vidcon 2014, only the fifth annual gathering of YouTube stars, their fans and just about everyone else associated with the exploding online video industry. An estimated 20,000 people came to the Anaheim Convention Center this past weekend, a number that’s nearly doubled every year … [Read more...] about Being a YouTuber Is Now a Real Business
How many boyfriends have you had? That is the latest question to join as the long list of sexist and stereotypical questions leveled at women looking for work in China . Last week a woman revealed on Chinese social media that when applying for a human resources job with a car service company she was asked how many romantic relationships she had been in and which was the longest. In response to the woman’s claim, the Hongqiao Car Service company in Nanchang, in Jiangxi province, said the question was relevant because the position in the human resources department required “high emotional intelligence” to maintain good relationships with clients, reported Xian Business this week. “Most of our employees are female. We put that question in the job application form because if a person has been in love before, she must be considerate to others,” a staff member was quoted as saying. “Judging from our big data, those who perform well in our company either have married or have a … [Read more...] about ‘How many boyfriends have you had?’ The reality for women jobseekers in China
With a population of more than 1.2 billion, India has obvious potential to become the world’s leading tech ecosystem. Unfortunately, that opportunity has been undermined by poor infrastructure, hefty bureaucracy and the divide between the nation's urban and rural areas. To the east, China has risen across a landscape of shiny highways, while India’s untrammeled ruts are clogged and slow-moving. But India is nonetheless changing, and a new generation of startups is throwing aside the red tape to produce products with global, as well as domestic, impacts. These 10 Indian startups are doing just that. While competition is fierce in the world's second most populous country, these businesses reflect the optimism and growing confidence of India’s startup community. See also: Wisdom for Startup Growth, From 5 People Who've Been There 1. Flipkart Bangalore-based Flipkart has been the poster child for India’s tech startups since its founding seven years ago. The ecommerce company … [Read more...] about 10 Startups to Watch in India’s Tech Boom