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As part of the global effort, the IET is keen to help identify potential solutions across its national and international engineering networks that could help our governments solve problems and innovations that help to counter the ill effects of social isolation and loneliness, including providing mental health support and meeting social care needs.
We are keen to hear case-study exemplars and your thoughts on opportunities and challenges regarding the following areas:
- Social Isolation
- Remote working
- Remote care (Technologies for healthy ageing, eldercare, dementia, end-of-life)
- Mental Health (Technologies for wellness and mental health)
- Childcare at home (Technologies for education, exercise, self-care)
One thing I am extremely grateful for is the ability to video call/conference with my friends, family and colleagues during this time. Can you imagine how isolated we would feel if this occurred before the dawn of the internet, social media, smart phones or video calling?
As some of my colleagues will confirm, I'm a big 'hugger' so I've had to resort to sending a virtual 'hug' to those who I'd normally physically hug. Luckily Skype has the perfect emoji for that of a small animated teddy bear giving a hug. It would be great though if you could buy an AI teddy bear that would give you a physical hug if one of your friends/family sent one. 😊
Personally I keep small cacti on window sills. They are easy to keep, are very robust and occasionally flower if they are happy.
Regarding technology I enjoy researching things on the internet. There are so many marvellous lectures and instructional videos online. It is like an open college. Marvellous.