Words of wis­dom, tu­to­ri­als, help and how- to on ev­ery­thing tech­nol­ogy

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As soon as I cross the thresh­old of my house af­ter a usu­ally hec­tic day at work, I am greeted by my lov­ing hus­band, my adorable son, and the af­ter- ef­fects of an in­door tor­nado. It is a nor­mal ac­tiv­ity for me to play hop­scotch around the house be­fore I can make it to my bed­room. One day it is a soiled di­a­per, or a LEGO toy, or a rat­tler, I step into some­thing new every sin­gle day. But I come home so drained out that I have to give my­self an en­cour­ag­ing sleep to clean up the mess left be­hind my nanny. The nanny has made it very clear that she will only take care of my son and not his be­long­ings. This may sound rea­son­able in the­ory but prac­ti­cally, it is your do­mes­tic help’s way of get­ting back to you. As she par­tic­u­larly only looks af­ter my son, she does not take re­spon­si­bil­ity for the mess that is cre­ated in the process. The di­a­pers will be right where they were dropped, the empty bowl of baby food will be by his bed­side, the toys will be pok­ing our feet from time to time, and the worst part is that the baby is re­sid­ing in all this mess.

When­ever I dis­cuss this is­sue with my hus­band, he very coolly says that if you have such a huge prob­lem with the nanny then do it your­self. But in or­der to do it my­self, I have to give up my job and my pro­fes­sional dreams. Well at the end of the day, I am a self­ish hu­man. It’s not just about the money but the power and con­fi­dence I get from my job. Giv­ing up all of that doesn’t seem

so ap­peal­ing to me. But at the same time, I also want an ef­fi­cient nanny who can look af­ter my child and his things well. My col­league told me that the peo­ple of Ja­pan are com­ing up with a new kind of ro­bot. It’s called the Ro­bot Nanny. This term in­stantly rang a bell and got me all ex­cited. I thought that fi­nally I will have a per­ma­nent so­lu­tion to my babysit­ting woes. But then my con­science woke up and I felt guilty about it. If I ap­point a Ro­bot Nanny for my son, does that make me a bad mom?

Firstly, I would like to clar­ify your per­sonal doubts. In the case of your child, you have al­ready de­cided what you want to do but you want some­one’s ap­proval so that you don’t feel bad about it. So here it goes. Get­ting a Ro­bot Nanny does not mean that you are run­ning away from your child’s re­spon­si­bil­ity. It just means that a hu­man nanny may not be as ef­fi­cient as a ro­botic one. There­fore you need not feel bad about it; in­stead you might find a nanny which will take care of your kid bet­ter.

Now let’s come to the tech­ni­cal as­pect. here I will dis­cuss the Ro­bot Nanny which not only looks af­ter your child, but also keeps him en­ter­tained. It is a com­mon com­plaint by the chil­dren of work­ing par­ents that they get bored alone at home all day as their nan­nies aren’t in­ter­ested in play­ing with them and have noth­ing to do. This is where the ipal comes in handy. ipal is a child-sized babysit­ter ro­bot which is de­signed in such a man­ner that the child can in­stantly con­nect to it. It stands 90 cen­time­ters tall and has big eyes with a tablet on his chest. Even though it might look like a kid, it is fully equipped to han­dle all kinds of adult re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. The

founder of this ro­bot Jip­ing wang claims that ipal can eas­ily keep kids oc­cu­pied for a cou­ple of hours. It can han­dle three to eight-year-old chil­dren with­out the need of any kind of adult su­per­vi­sion. This works well for those kids who come back from school and their par­ents ar­rive from work in a few hours. In the mean­while, ipal in­ter­acts with the child in a language that seems nat­u­ral and easy to com­pre­hend. There is an on­go­ing de­bate which talks about the ad­verse ef­fects of ma­chin­ery on the up­bring­ing of a child. But ipal claims that it is dif­fer­ent from the cold-un­feel­ing me­chan­i­cal ro­bots. It is also a great ed­u­ca­tional tool for the chil­dren along with be­ing a com­pan­ion. It takes spe­cial care when the child is low and joins him in his hap­pi­ness. with such com­pas­sion and the ef­fi­ciency of tech­nol­ogy, ipal is a great so­lu­tion to your ‘babysit­ting woes’.

I have re­cently moved out of my par­ents’ home to pur­sue my col­lege ed­u­ca­tion in another city. Be­ing in a new city that too all by your­self is an ex­cit­ing experience which I plan to cher­ish thor­oughly. As I don’t know too many peo­ple around and am try­ing to make new friends over time, I signed up on a pop­u­lar dat­ing app to get rid of my bore­dom. I have never been on a dat­ing app be­fore there­fore it’s a novel experience for me. I have had a healthy dat­ing life but I never went on blind dates or any­thing close. The peo­ple I dated were the ones whom I knew well over time and trusted to a cer­tain ex­tent. But be­ing on a dat­ing app is a step fur­ther than blind dates. In a blind date, you have a me­di­a­tor who can jump in to help if some­thing goes wrong. On a dat­ing app, the per­son is an ab­so­lutely stranger. You never know if he is a rapist or a trans­gen­der or sim­ply a clingy guy.

I came in con­tact with a num­ber of cute guys with a

hint of smart­ness through this app but never ac­tu­ally went on a date with them. We flirted for a few days and as soon as he would ask me out, I would make ex­cuses and that would be the end of the con­ver­sa­tion. This is be­cause there is a slight sense of re­morse in me when­ever I am swip­ing through peo­ple in the app. I feel like be­ing on this dat­ing app is against my ethics. I want to go on a date but I don’t so that I don’t feel guilty later on. It is re­ally un­eth­i­cal to use a dat­ing app?

You are not the first per­son who ex­pe­ri­ences guilt or feels un­eth­i­cal by be­ing on a dat­ing app. It is not about your or any other per­son, this is the per­cep­tion of the so­ci­ety we are liv­ing in which is af­fect­ing our think­ing. You need to un­der­stand that dat­ing through an app is eth­i­cal or un­eth­i­cal de­pends on your own per­sonal men­tal­ity. You are a grownup who can make her own de­ci­sions and must have her space. There­fore it is eth­i­cal or un­eth­i­cal only if you be­lieve so. Any­one else’s judg­ment must not mat­ter to you. Think­ing about the rest of the world will serve as a hin­drance all your life when­ever you will have to take a de­ci­sion. So just do what you want to do.

If you keep avoid­ing dates and pass your time by flirt­ing with cute guys, you will grad­u­ally run out of peo­ple to talk to. This is be­cause it is a ‘dat­ing’ app and hence at the end

of the day, no­body will like to take the con­ver­sa­tion for­ward if you refuse to meet. Thus I per­son­ally be­lieve that you must strike a con­ver­sa­tion with some­one only if you are in­ter­ested in tak­ing things for­ward. If you are un­com­fort­able with the idea of dat­ing through such an app, then there’s no point of brows­ing through it as it will only waste your and the other per­son’s time.

Peo­ple usu­ally use a dat­ing app to meet other anony­mous peo­ple who may be liv­ing on the next street or study­ing in the same col­lege as you do. It is full of sur­prises which may be pleas­ant or un­pleas­ant. If you con­sider dat­ing through such an app, al­ways make sure you are cau­tious. Your con­cerns about your safety are ab­so­lutely jus­ti­fied. Tell your room­mate about the guy you are meet­ing and where will you meet him. This is so that in case you get into trou­ble; your friend can come look­ing for you. It is im­por­tant to have the skill of dis­tin­guish­ing be­tween good and bad peo­ple on a dat­ing app. Take proper pre­cau­tions be­fore meet­ing a stranger and if you sense that some­thing is not right, con­fi­dently walk out on him. Noth­ing is more im­por­tant than your safety.

Be­ing an avid user of so­cial net­works like many other peo­ple, I have a query about them which does not af­fect me as a user but I am just plain cu­ri­ous. We start us­ing a par­tic­u­lar so­cial me­dia net­work only when it has a large user base. But how does it grow to that level from a mere startup? Peo­ple would only join that net­work if it has a num­ber of their friends or fam­ily mem­bers. Then how does a so­cial me­dia net­work convince the ini­tial users to sign up for it?

I would like to ap­pre­ci­ate your in­quis­i­tive na­ture which forced you to think from such an an­gle. It is hu­man men­tal­ity to use some­thing but we hardly think about how the whole process took place be­fore it reached us. here let’s treat so­cial me­dia as one such com­mod­ity. we started us­ing it once it got pop­u­lar and all our peers joined it but we never thought about how it got to the level it right now is at. Tech­ni­cally speak­ing, any such startup needs a cer­tain mass of signed up users who can convince their peers to in­ter­act with them through this medium. But then the prob­lem arises about how to find such peo­ple. There­fore when­ever such a startup is planned, the founder de­cides to tar­get peo­ple of a par­tic­u­lar de­mog­ra­phy or with com­mon in­ter­ests who will will­ingly join as ini­tial users. For ex­am­ple, in the case of Face­book, Mark zucker­berg kept this net­work ex­clu­sively avail­able to his col­lege mates

and once it got fa­mous there, then it opened it up to other users as well. he used his col­lege mates as that crit­i­cal mass who would serve as a source of in­ter­ac­tion for the new users. If this is not the case, then peo­ple will keep unin­stalling the app if they have no­body to in­ter­act with. The whole pur­pose be­hind a so­cial net­work is to pro­vide a medium of hu­man in­ter­ac­tion.

It will not be wrong to say that no so­cial me­dia app can de­velop or even sus­tain its progress with­out the con­tri­bu­tion of its users. when the trend of so­cial me­dia was a new con­cept, the startup had to re­quest peo­ple to sing up as users. This is not as easy as it sounds as why would some­one waste time on a so­cial me­dia app if he has no­body to in­ter­act with. But now such net­works are pro­moted through other con­tem­po­rary net­works. They have a tie up with a par­tic­u­lar net­work through which peo­ple can know about the app more which will in­trigue users to sign up for it. But if a com­pany has abun­dant funds and does not want to go through such a pro­ce­dure, what is sim­ply done is that an ex­ist­ing so­cial me­dia net­work is pur­chased.

Any so­cial me­dia net­work owes its profit as well as progress solely to its users as they at­tain ad­ver­tise­ments on the ba­sis of the num­ber of peo­ple us­ing the app on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. This makes it cru­cial for the com­pany to keep the users happy and sat­is­fied. For this, mak­ers come up with unique fea­tures at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals of time so that the user does not get bored. Af­ter all, the com­pany can af­ford to pay their staff all thanks to the in­volve­ment of the users.

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