Artificial Intelligent Girlfriend???

Thank goodness it's Friday!!!! I cannot wait until 5 when I can actually go home, relax and get my weekend started. One of the absolute best things about getting home is knowing that I actually have a family there waiting for me. It's amazing how we overlook something a big as family and consider these individuals to be miscellaneous at times but just imagine if those people weren't there?

This is the exact thing that's occurring in places like Japan where some of Japan's younger population aged 18-40 are more interested in a virtual mate than a real one leading to the growing popularity of the "virtual assistants" like the Gatebox. Once you've seen the actual advertisement for the box (view below), you quickly begin to realize it's more of a virtual girlfriend than any type of assistant.  I guess there's a market for everything. The crazy thing is that I can easily see this becoming a trend here in the US too as people opt out of traditional ways of socializing for various reasons and this type of artificial intelligence offers a non-traditional way of feeling appreciated. What's your thoughts? Would you pay $2600 for a girlfriend in a box?


Is Bad Posture Causing Depression?

I never intended on being the nagging mom but hey I'll own it! Especially when I see my kids developing habits that are outright awful to look at.  I hate when I see my kids hunched over constantly looking down at either their Ipad or cell phone with no regard to how they're actually harming their poor backs and necks. Not only does it come across to others who are observing you as a completely defeated look, it's also has negative implications on your spine and your overall well-being. So I looked into how it may be harmful just to prove to my kids that I wasn't the bat shit crazy nit picker that they thought and I found out that there is a correlation between how we feel and our postures and it's becoming increasingly common for people to develop the habit of hunching due to our addiction to mobile devices. In today's society, we're all conscious of how we look in selfies but what about the majority of the time we spend behind our cell phones looking down? We are rarely aware of how this impacts our posture unless you have an anal parent like me who reminds you of those sorts of things.To my surprise this recent phenomena of bad posture is linked to the increase of depression, memory loss and negative thoughts.