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Can a robot really cure your loneliness? (The 3:59, Ep. 64)

We also discuss Spotify hitting 100 million active listeners and "Independence Day" director Roland Emmerich's take on what happens when aliens show up.

By June 20, 2016


Man seeking robot: One inventor's quest to cure loneliness

The creator of Japan's most popular and personable robot, Pepper, is working on a new version that will cheer us up and disarm us with mega cuteness.

By June 17, 2016


The best apps to beat loneliness on Valentine's Day

There are mobile apps for everything, including quite a few that help you meet people. It's time to swallow your pride and try online dating.

By February 12, 2015


This robot is part machine, part sea slug

Case Western Reserve University scientists develop a "biohybrid" robot that can endure harsh underwater conditions better than all-machine bots.

By July 26, 2016


Loneliness narrows the uncanny valley

Starved for a little social contact? The face of a robot or doll will seem more alive to you than to someone with a brimming social life.

By September 8, 2014


Pope Francis meets with YouTube creators to 'promote empathy'

Pope Francis has met with 11 young YouTube personalities to have a discussion about spreading peace and understanding through videos.

By May 29, 2016


Alibaba lures Chinese shoppers into VR with virtual celebrity dates

The Chinese e-commerce giant promoted its new virtual reality video player this weekend for May 20, a Valentines Day-esque celebration of romance in the People's Republic.

By May 23, 2016


The more women post on Facebook, the lonelier they are, study says

A study finds that women who put more of their favorite books and movies -- and their relationship status -- out for public viewing on Facebook are also more lonely.

By May 26, 2014


Watch Bowie's favorite tribute to Bowie (from space) again

Sadly, David Bowie has left the planet, but we still have his music, including the musician's own favorite cover of his hit song "Space Oddity," recorded by astronaut Chris Hadfield in a unique location.

By January 11, 2016


iPhone noodle bowl dock frees your hands, fights loneliness

The 'Anti-Loneliness Ramen Bowl' also doubles as a sound amplifier.

By February 13, 2013