Why The World Needs Facebook

Facebook page opened on a laptop

In a time in which Facebook is in the corner where the punches are falling it’s easy to focus on all that is wrong with the social media giant. Shady advertisers had access to large amounts of personal data, fake news could spread like wildfire, posts deemed offensive or inappropriate were removed inconsistently, the user interface was poor, and those are just a handful of the things the company is criticized about in recent months. This almost makes you forget that with over 2 billion users in 2017 Facebook is the largest social network out there and fulfills an important role on the global stage. In this post I take a closer look at why the world actually needs a Facebook. Continue reading “Why The World Needs Facebook”

New Journal Explores Superheroes Science And Technology

Avengers Infinity War

Last weekend Avengers: Infinity War opened big in cinemas in the United States and other parts of the world, crushing ticket sale records. Surfing this superhero popularity wave researchers in the Netherlands have started a new open access journal called Super Heroes Science and Technology. In its first edition researchers present how Tony Stark could repair and create his Iron Mans suits using current 3D printing technology and how Captain America hero Buck Barnes could actually be cryogenically frozen. Continue reading “New Journal Explores Superheroes Science And Technology”

KASPAR Capable Of Helping Children With Autism

social robot

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is among the most common mental disorders. According to the National Autistic Society there are 700,000 people with some form of autism in the UK. Although there are relatively many people with autism there is still no cure. Hope resides in making the lives of people with ASD easier using social robots. Earlier this year researchers at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences in collaboration with Adelante, Heliomare, University of Siena, University of Hertfordshire, Proteion and Sevagram published their findings on using social robots in healthcare. Continue reading “KASPAR Capable Of Helping Children With Autism”