Avatars: Resurrecting passed loved ones

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.I was struck by an article I read in the Daily Telegraph (27/10/15). The article was based of the ambition the animator and tech developer, Simon Keown

He was speaking at an exhibition on the ability to create a 3D avatar of a passed loved one. He does this through rendering pictures and videos of  the decist loved one.

This loved one would be interactive and able to ‘know’ what you have been up to by connecting to your social media feed.

The quote by Benjamin Franklin comes to mind “In this world nothing can be said to be certain, except death and taxes.”.

Soon, for the living at least, that view might be outdated.

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The Link Between Addictive Cues and Smart Phone Usage

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I was in a lecture recently on the subject of substance abuse and drug addiction. Specifically, on the way that dopamine is triggered by not just the use of drugs, but also cues associated with that drug. For example, returning to the same room you took the drug in, or being with the same people you took the drugs with. These cues are not exclusive to drugs but any addictive behaviour, such as gambling or on-line gaming.

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Facebook Offline Advertising: What’s the Point?

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Facebook is a place where friends go to make meaningful connections.

I was reading the newspaper and as I finished, I noticed the advert on the back page – Bold blue background with a small letterbox picture of a couple, with the word ‘Friends’, written underneath. At the bottom of the page was the Facebook logo. Very odd, I thought, everyone knows about Facebook, why would they need to advertise?

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Facebook Dislike Button

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Zuckerberg has announced that Facebook is to introduce a dislike button. With over a billion of us active on facebook it has become an integral part of Western society.

The dislike button has been requested for years and In a Q&A session held at Facebook’s headquarters in Menlo Park, California, the 31-year-old said: “the button would be a way for people to express empathy.”

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Social Media Leaves Teens Feeling Down.

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In the Metro newspaper, today (11/9/15) was an article,  on the effects of social media usage on teenagers. 

The study outlined in the paper highlights the growing concern of social media and our reliance on it.  Discussing the effect on our younger generation and the correlation between social media and anxiety with teenagers. 

The study states that not only does social media cause teenagers to worry about ‘being in the loop’, but the pressures put on them to ‘always be available’. This leads to adolescence checking their phone at night, impacting on their quality of sleep, then causing sleep deprivation which has been linked to an increased vulnerability to ‘depression and anxiety’.

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How technology is Changing your Relationship

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For part 1 on How Technology is changing dating on Psychalive 

Relationships. You have negotiated the dating stage and have found a partner. You settle into the conferrable space of a relationship; the ups, downs and early nights in. Life seems good!   

What strikes me with this picture is where has the buzz of the ‘Dating Game’ Gone? Much of our lives is governed by the use of technology from an emotional and cognitive viewpoint. We have spent the last few months getting rather good at meeting and talking to people via online dating sites, having our pick and getting a boost of self-esteem. Where do we get that from now?

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Technology and our need for constant stimulation

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Connecting to Technology


How often do you pick up your mobile phone throughout the day? Two or three times maybe? 10? Or even more? It’s old news that Smartphones have enabled us to connect to others in new ways through the internet. And by the nature of our Smartphones we have access to that connection wherever and whenever we want.

We have started using our Smartphones on the way to and from the office, our computer and at home. The indoctrination of mobile technology has resulted in the way we connect and live within our society; to be intrinsically bound within the use of the internet. So much so that it does not seem viable to live without a constant connection to it.

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