9 Helpful Hints for Interacting With a Person Who is Blind

Most people have had minimal, if any, interactions with individuals who are blind or visually impaired. There is no big “secret” for interacting with people who are blind, but if you remember to relax and act naturally, you are off to a good start.   It is normal to feel uncomfortable or awkward in newContinue reading 9 Helpful Hints for Interacting With a Person Who is Blind

How vaccines defeat Covid by targeting its “asshole protein”

Photo by Nataliya Vaitkevich from Pexels How do you explain what the Covid-19 vaccine does to defeat the virus and help convince sceptics that vaccination is not only a good thing, but also safe? Like every other rational South African adult, I have been double vaccinated. But I am astounded at the flimsy, unscientific excusesContinue reading How vaccines defeat Covid by targeting its “asshole protein”

BRAILLE AND TECHNOLOGY

Introduction The pace of technological change is faster than we can keep up with. In some ways, technology levels the playing field, but in other ways, it introduces new accessibility challenges. A strong foundation of braille literacy today lies in the understanding of how to use these technologies. As a language script, Braille matters todayContinue reading BRAILLE AND TECHNOLOGY

Get ready for a world where you can’t tell humans and chatbots apart

Published on November 14, 2021Updated:November 15, 2021.   I regularly fly with KLM from Minneapolis to New Delhi, and always stop over in Amsterdam. I am frequently in Minneapolis for research and this is my route to go home to take a break from work. I have done the journey so many times that IContinue reading Get ready for a world where you can’t tell humans and chatbots apart

Researchers studied suicide notes to learn about the language of despair – and are training AI chatbots to do the same

While the art of conversation in machines is limited, there are improvements with every iteration. As machines are developed to navigate complex conversations, there will be technical and ethical challenges in how they detect and respond to sensitive human issues. Our work involves building chatbots for a range of uses in health care. Our system,Continue reading Researchers studied suicide notes to learn about the language of despair – and are training AI chatbots to do the same

Growing Up in a Family Like Mine Made Me Terrified of Conflict – By Nora Whelan

My parents’ divorce announcement when I was 7 came as a surprise to me, in large part because I’d never heard them raise their voices at each other. I always figured they’d taken pains to only do so out of my earshot; only recently did my mother tell me that, in 16 years of marriage,Continue reading Growing Up in a Family Like Mine Made Me Terrified of Conflict – By Nora Whelan

The Child Ignored: 6 Effects of Having a Dismissive Mother

Written by Peg Streep Published: August 13, 2018 My mother would ask me what I wanted to eat and then serve me whatever she felt like, as if I hadnt said a word. That was true of everything: any time I expressed a wish or preference, she made it clear that what I wanted didntContinue reading The Child Ignored: 6 Effects of Having a Dismissive Mother