It’s no secret that the global pandemic has changed the way we interact. We are all facing the same challenges and issues. We can’t leave our homes, our lifestyle has been disrupted, and the health risks cause real fear. Coronavirus has accelerated digital isolation, but technology is looking for solutions.
Consumers are also looking for solutions, like volunteering and charity. People want to do something positive for others. It’s the community support. And, if they can’t, they want at least to feel connected. Hence, community support from tech companies.
Meet Robin the Robot
Expper Technologies created this A.I which embodies the beauty of community support. Forbes reports that Robin is 47 inches tall. It’s made of recyclable bioplastic. This material is easy to sterilize. Hence, the robot is perfect for hospitals. Why? Because it minimizes the risk of spreading viruses. In fact, Robin is designed to comfort children at the hospitals.
Karen Khachikyan is the CEO and founder of Expper Technologies. She said that Robin is the first one to use peer-to-peer interaction. The robot aims to build human and emotional connections with the kids.
“We aim to change kid’s perception of medical treatments, where they will no longer feel isolated, lonely and scared,”said Khachikyan to Forbes.
So, how does this AI work? It analyzes both facial expressions and the conversations. Through its face, it can produce different emotions. And, thanks to the omni-directional wheel system, it moves where the children are.
The numbers prove Robin’s effectiveness. The tech company conducted a self-report questionnaire. It wanted to measure the emotions of the kids. The results were stunning. They showed “an increase in joyfulness by more than 26% as well as a 34% reduction in stress.”
Botnet, the app for narcissists and community support
Let’s be honest: the isolation has made us narcissists. People on TikTok show their shower singing, while others show their wardrobe. The ultimate community support tool for them is the Botnet app. As Wired reports, with this app, anyone can be an influencer.
”it’s a faux-social network, free for anyone to download as an app. Botnet looks like a stripped-down Facebook Newsfeed, where the only posts you can see are your own,” writes Wired, “it’s just you and the bots, who like and comment on your posts with reckless abandon.”
Every post on Botnet receive thousands of interactions as well as likes. It’s the thrill of the interaction and of having followers on followers. Even if they aren’t real, it doesn’t matter. What matters is the fame. Being an influencer is the ultimate goal. The bots are flattering and nice. Perfect for the narcissists.
Tamagotchi, finding community support in nostalgia
For the younger generations, let’s start with a recap. What is Tamagotchi? It was a tiny egg-shaped computer which allowed players to have fun with their virtual pets. People could feed their dog, clean up after the pet, and educate it. They could check its age as well as its happiness.
To celebrate the game’s 20th anniversary, the company launched modern Tamagotchi. Indeed, the egg-shaped computer has evolved. Now, players can build a family tree and get more characters, not only pets. With the app, people can organize weddings between protagonists, meet new characters, and connect the experience to their device.
They can also find community support thanks to the ability of connecting with other owners. This way, players can create virtual relationship via
And the long-popular hand-held digital pet Tamagotchi now has digital capabilities that lets Tamagotchi owners connect with other owners to play games and enjoy virtual relationships via their Tamagotchi pets. A way to connect, no doubt.
Time to join a Facebook group!
Aka, the trend of Absurdism.
Facebook groups are designed to connect people with the same interests and hobbies. There is one for anyone, from the knitting ladies to the lovers of Tamagotchi. Then, there are the truly absurd ones. These are both a way to interact and to have fun.
For example, the group for people who pretend to be ants in an ant colony. If you prefer flying, you can also become a bee. If bugs are not your jam, you can join the group in which you pretend to be an alien. Do you love languages? Think about joining the one in which everyone speaks gibberish -and the other pretend to understand. Since most of us are working from home, the group in which everyone pretends to be in the same office sounds perfect.
Whatever you quirky interest is, there is a Facebook group for you. To find the latest and fastest-growing groups, make sure to check out Target Snake.
Can the pandemic have positive effects? It seems so. It looks like tech companies are focusing on community support. And so are people and consumers. We are humans and we want human interaction. There is nothing wrong with it. This trend can help against the pandemic blues. Just like Robin the Robot helps children. And there is nothing wrong with that either.
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