Woebot – a Cognitive Behavioral Therapy Chatbot

There’s a relatively new app out there called Woebot (available for Android and Apple). It’s an artificial intelligence chatbot that delivers cognitive behavioral therapy or CBT, for anxiety, depression, among other things… and it’s impressive just for the AI experience alone! Don’t settle for my opinion on that, though. Look at how two million messages are sent to it each week. Also, if you want to have an idea of how engaging it is, listen from about the 9:30 mark in the podcast below. The podcast had to act it out in the role of the bartender because the chatbot is just text right now. Finally, maybe just download it and give it a try!

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Apple Should Change Its Name with Steve Jobs’ Passing

It’s a sad day for the world as Steve Jobs, Apple founder and former CEO, and its identity, has passed away (CNN).

It’s not every day we see such a revolutionary come along, and we have been fortunate to have had him in our lives for decades.

Lots of reactions are coming in. Kind words, big history, legendary stories, personal anecdotes, etc. I don’t need to repeat some of those, but here’s my take on a fitting tribute.

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Is Apple Going iCloud a Good Idea? Convince Me.

Steve Jobs of Apple recently announced Apple is going “cloud”, essentially declaring the end of the age of the personal computer becoming the central hub of people’s digital lives (NY Times, Jun 6 2011).

Essentially, Apple is proposing the replacement of a hard drive in a computer with storing and syncing things online so you have access to all of your stuff on any device in any place at any time. The iCloud service starts with photos, music, files and software.

Sounds really great until you stop and think about a few things.

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