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    Sebastiaan ter Burg, Creative Commons (2017) ©

A Sector Snapshot of Technology

How tech is being used to talk about emotions? Why should devices fade into the background? What’s the possible future for AR? How are Google Glass and QR codes being repurposed in innovative ways? Can apps really help curb bad habits? And what would make AI seem less creepy?

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In the October 2017 Sector Snapshot of Technology, we look at how tech is being used to talk about emotions, understand why people prefer devices that fade into the background, consider the potential uses of AR, explore how existing tools are being repurposed in innovative ways, highlight the apps that are curbing bad habits, and question how AI could made less creepy.

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    MeeTwo: peer-to-peer mental health help for kids

    With around half of lifetime mental ill health present by the age of 14, MeeTwo is providing a safe digital space for young people to talk about their problems. But how is this anonymous app ensuring that it doesn’t add to the anxiety and depression that many teens experience on social media?

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    How do people make sense of wearables?

    Wearables perform various different functions, all embedded into everyday products like watches and shoes. So, should they be positioned  as tech or jewellery in-store? Marketing professors Michael Solomon, Marzena Nieroda and Mona Mrad spoke to salespeople at major UK retailers to find out.

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    How are businesses adopting artificial intelligence?

    Artificial intelligence is still in its infancy, yet business decision-makers see it as pivotal to success, with 900,000 companies expected to be using some form of the technology by 2022. How exactly are firms adopting these tools? And how can AI help them meet the needs of their customers?

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    Snatch: hooking mobile gamers with real life prizes

    Pokémon Go accumulated 45 million daily players within a month of launching in 2016 – but that number fell to just five million one year later. Now, branded AR treasure hunt Snatch is hoping to keep mobile gamers in the UK hooked to their screens by adding real world prizes to the mix.

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    Habitica: turning to-do lists into daily quests

    With all the distractions of the internet at our fingertips, it can be hard to concentrate on the task at hand – whether that’s a looming work deadline or mountain of laundry. Productivity app Habitica aims to provide some much-needed motivation by turning everyday life into a role-playing game.

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    Is it possible to program ethical tech?

    If your driverless car accidentally ran somebody over, who’s fault would it be? As tech takes on a growing body of human tasks, its moral compass is increasingly coming under scrutiny. Canvas8 sat down with technology ethicist Blay Whitby to find out if ethical tech is even possible.

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    Epicenter: upgrading the office with cyborg workers

    Swedish start-up hub Epicenter is embracing workplace innovation by implanting microchips into the bodies of its employees. Is this technological push a natural progression in the monitoring of happiness and efficiency in the office, or is biohacking people’s bodies a step too far?

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    Why technology should be less intrusive

    We’re now constantly connected – the average person checks their phone 150 times a day – but it’s an unwanted burden for many. Canvas8 spoke with cyborg anthropologist Amber Case, author of Calm Technology, to understand the importance of designing tech that respects people’s limited attention.