Technology and Social Isolation

Is it possible for technology to play a role in helping individuals overcome social isolation?

The idea that robots can aid in the conquering of social isolation is not far fetched. “Robots” are quickly becoming a sort of ‘interactive carrier’, if you will, in helping individuals with learning and coping processes. Just within the last few months, we posted an entry about how robots are helping with the developmental growth and teaching of young children. Now, it seems, scientists and researchers in England are attempting to shed light on social isolation. Whether it’s sequestration due to a disorder or a handicap, these robots may make it easier for those to communicate with others and participate in social settings.
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Is it Possible for Toy “Robots” to Teach Children Computer Programming?

Can such skills be relayed to kids by this seemingly simple interaction?

Yana & Bo – courtesy of Play-i

There are several toy robots in production that are being geared specifically towards young children in the hopes of teaching them computer coding and programming. The innovative minds behind these models were looking for a way to project early learning and creativity to the youngest of minds through the simplest of ways – playing with toys. The result was Play-i, and was founded by engineers from Google, Apple, and Symantec.
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