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Paro in the Corner

Small child gives Paro a kiss

Since February the Digital Futures Lab has been home to Paro, the therapeutic seal. Paro is an interactive robot designed to administer the benefits of animal therapy for aged and special care environments, improving the socialisation of patients and caregivers and significantly reducing loneliness and stress. With five sensors (tactile, light, auditory, temperature, and posture) … Read more

Queenslanders in Conversation wrap-up: Paradise lost or Found?

Queenslanders in Conversations panel members

“So much flux, so much hybridity…” – future researcher and QiC panellist Dr Marcus Bussey “A show of hands if you remember telephone party-lines?” asks Kelly Higgins-Devine from ABC Radio Brisbane. “Plug-in cord switch-boards? … how about a world without mobile phones?” As hands go up there are nods and smiles in the audience, and … Read more

Telling stories with food: what does belonging taste like?

A taste of belonging

Food sustains and nourishes our bodies and our souls, reminding us of people, places and events. Recipes and meals feature in stories and memories, shaping our cultural heritage, marking our identity and fostering our sense of belonging. State Library of Queensland is hosting a very special meal to explore the connections between food, stories and belonging on Friday April … Read more