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Statistics from the US Census Bureau show massive growth in the senior population around the world, with that number expected to double by 2050.  In Japan, it’s possible that nearly forty percent of the population will be over the age of 65 in 30 years.  

“We just don’t have enough people to care for the older population,” said Derek Holt, president of K4Connect, a startup focusing on technology that empowers older adults and people living with disabilities.

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Forest Gump wisely said, ‘life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gunna’ get.’ That’s sort of the idea behind Tellables.  

“The box of chocolates, we’re using that as a publishing platform, so when you ask Alexa to open my box of chocolates, she’ll get you a new assortment of twelve chocolates,” says Tellables founder Amy Stapleton.  “They’re not real, this is just imaginary, 12 chocolates every month and each chocolate is associated with a story.”

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Ever ask Siri the answer to zero divided by zero?

"Imagine that you have zero cookies and you split them evenly among zero friends. How many cookies does each person get? See? It doesn't make sense. And Cookie Monster is sad that there are no cookies, and you are sad that you have no friends."

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A lot of people are putting the Amazon Echo and other so-called smart speakers in their home that use a voice interface to play audio content, look up trivia on the web, control home appliances and buy stuff on-line. The Amazon Echo has been embraced by blind people.

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