Are carebots ’empathetic’ enough to replace human doctors?

Research shows that doctors who offer empathic and positive messages can reduce a patient’s pain, improve their recovery after surgery, and lower the amount of morphine they need. But it doesn’t mean that telling a patient something simple, such as “this drug will make you feel better,” will have an effect. It’s more complicated than that, as our latest research shows. Positive messages are usually repeated, definite, specific, and personal. They should also be communicated by an authority figure who shows empathy (see graphic below). While our study does not identify what the most effective components of a positive message… This story continues at The Next Web …read more Source::… Read More

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Fortnite The Last Laugh Bundle Adds Joker & Poison Ivy

Slowly, but surely, Fortnite is collecting just about every superhero in the world and putting them into the game. This has ramped up significantly in Chapter 2 with Deadpool, the X-Force, Aquaman and Black Manta. At the time of this writing, DC’s Harley Quinn is back in the item shop, and it doesn’t seem like that was just a coincidence. Ahead of the DC Fandome’s event later this month, Epic Games and Warner Bros have teamed up once again with The Last Laugh bundle which introduces the clown prince of crime, Joker, and fellow supervillain Poison Ivy from the DC Universe. What’s In The Last Laugh Bundle? Epic Games /… Read More

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GeekWire Podcast: Microsoft’s pricey Duo; Amazon’s clumsy podcast news; REI drops HQ

Here’s what we’re talking about on the GeekWire Podcast this week. We finally got the price and date for Surface Duo, Microsoft’s new dual-screen Android device (don’t call it a phone!). It launches on Sept. 10 and at a price — $1,399 — that may put it out of the reach of many. Todd has ordered one but … who else will be buying? And what is Microsoft up to with this device? Amazon announced they’ll begin offering third party podcasts on their Amazon Music and Audible services, but the way they did it, and a non-disparagement clause they later retracted, raised some eyebrows. And Seattle-based outdoor retailer REI was… Read More

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