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?
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The Covid-19 pandemic has altered daily life in countless ways, with potentially dire implications for well-being. From struggles with finding childcare or learning to work from home, to the toll taken on one’s health by social isolation , or on one’s finances by unemployment, the effects have been profound, and their combinations across individuals and institutions seemingly endless. At the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard, we have been trying to study and understand, empirically and quantitatively, how various domains of flourishing have changed during the pandemic. The results of this research are available in a newly published study in the Journal of General Internal Medicine . The Pandemic and Well-Being in the Nation This study used our flourishing measure across six domains of human life: happiness and life satisfaction, physical and mental health, meaning and purpose, character and virtue, close social relationships, and financial and material … [Read more...] about National Well-Being Before and During the Pandemic
The COVID-19 pandemic has presented cities, countries, and the world, with a series of difficult trade-offs: Should they prevent more infection or reduce unemployment? Limit contagion to lessen mortality or cease social isolation ? Re-open schools, and if so, under what conditions, and at what cost to the worsening of a second wave of the pandemic? These are difficult decisions. They arguably involve incommensurable goods: life, health, social connection, knowledge/ education , and the economy. Moreover, the trade-offs between these goods are likely to differ in different regions. Calculus of Lives in COVID-19 Decisions A JAMA article just published by the Human Flourishing Program at Harvard proposes an approach to navigating these decisions that takes well-being into account while prioritizing life itself. It can feel harsh, unreasonable, or even immoral to value economic consequences or personal happiness against the number of lives lost. Our approach avoids … [Read more...] about Well-Being and the Calculus of Lives Under COVID-19
Home Women Women oi-Prerna Aditi By Prerna Aditi on February 26, 2021 Ladies, bookmark this date! It's International Women's Day (8 March) and we can't keep calm. An UN-recognised event, this day is a result of the labour movement. It was in 1908 that 15,000 women came together to march through New York City (NYC) demanding the right to vote, better pay and shorter working hours. A year later, in 1909, the Socialist Party of America declared the first National Woman's Day. While today, women across the world are calling for gender equality, we have listed some ideas that will help you to make this day memorable. International Women's Day: 15 Budget-Friendly And Cool Gift Ideas For Women 1. Take Some Time Off From Work Your daily work can make you feel exhausted and drained. Therefore, you can think of taking some time off from your work to feel rejuvenated and energised. Also, you will be able to have some … [Read more...] about International Women’s Day 2021: 10 Ways In Which Women Can Celebrate This Day