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The Void No Robot Can Fill

A robot, The void no robot can fill

Hanson Robotics announced plans to release thousands of what they’re calling “Sophia” robots. Sophia is a “social robot” that can perform rudimentary medical tasks, like taking a person’s temperature, but can also make facial expressions and utter a few phrases. According to company CEO David Hanson, “Sophia” is programmed to offer “human warmth” and is being released this year in order to help especially elderly people who are living in isolation due to the pandemic.

Black Churches, Via Phones and Facebook, Bridging Digital Divide amid COVID-19

A woman on the phone, Black churches in rural America are bridging the digital gap amid the pandemic

When Pastor Florine Newberry of Mattie Richland Baptist Church in rural Pineview, Georgia, realized her congregation wouldn’t be able to meet in the church because of the coronavirus, she "saw the sheep scattering." Now, with the help of technology and an organization providing rural churches with internet access, they have been able to hold online church service and host conference calls via phone.