Robots Are Getting Ready To Scratch Your Back

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Every time I go to a tech show, I see more and more robots being exhibited for many different types of functions. The one that interests me the most are the robots for elder care.

I try to imagine what it would be like ordering around one of these strange looking figures.”Go get me my pills.” “Scratch my back.” “Answer the door.” “I want my dinner.” “Wash my hair.” I’m one of a few who could get used to this way of life pretty quickly. I know what you are thinking and it’s not true.

Eliot does not act as my personal servant. He volunteers a lot of his services because he can’t stand seeing me being disorganized. He is a Virgo and has the need to make sure everything gets done quickly and in order. Maybe, I’m being prepped for the new age of robots.

A new survey from Brookings Institute, a research group in Washington, DC, says most Americans today do not want help from robots. That could change in 30 years, the survey indicates. However, many of us reading this post will not be here to see it.

Someone needs to ask robot manufacturers just how long it’s really going to take to get market acceptance. If you know anyone in the business, you may want to show him or her this survey.

Re/code, one of the most respected tech sites, did a great job, reporting the news. Click here to read it.

The Hashtag Is Now A Big Question Mark  



I have always been fascinated by how the hashtag became so popular on social media, especially Twitter. For most of my life the hashtag was nothing more then a number sign. 

Then someone had the brilliant idea a few years ago of using the # as a metadata tag, a symbol which helps users find content of similar nature on social media sites. If a user places a # in front of a word or phrase, the word(s) becomes searchable. 

As far as I know, the tech industry has been under the impression that the hashtag was the greatest marketing invention ever. Most major brands have been using hashtags for the last year or two to attract new customers.

Now, a story in Re/Code, a leading tech site, claims that the hashtag has not been performing as well as everyone thought. Twitter actually released a report that said certain types of ads featuring hashtags didn’t pull the audience originally expected.
The simple explanation: too many hashtags are becoming a distraction. A Twitter spokesperson said, “If you’re trying to join a conversation, you should absolutely use a hashtag. But if you want to attract customers, the less noise the better.”