Here’s a look at some of the research that is happening at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, everything from robots to chameleons to zebrafish to virtual reality. Brown is also heavily involved in research on the planet Mars since there are several articles on their research news web page about it.
One of the articles listed below definitely qualifies for the “Why Did We Need a Research Project to Tell Us That?” category. Apparently research paid for by the AARP Foundation has found that home-delivered meals reduce loneliness among senior citizens. Did they really think there was a possibility that home-delivered meals were increasing loneliness among the elderly?
Right after the listing for the research about home-delivered meals is a listing for research about the benefits of virtual reality (VR). VR is the hot new thing in the tech world. It involves strapping on a pair of goggles that can transport you into a whole new, virtual world. In my mind VR, while it may have numerous benefits, will add to the sense of loneliness that people who are really into tech already suffer from. I honestly don’t see VR as something that will make people fell less lonely. Maybe we should find a way to have meals delivered to the homes of people who are really into tech so it all balances out!
According to its web site, the city of Providence is 140 years older than our nation. It has persevered through the American Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, the Great Depression, the Great Recession, the Hurricane of ’38 and the Blizzard of ’78.
The mayor, Jorge O. Elorza, believes that Providence’s best days are ahead of it – really!? He was raised by Guatemalan immigrant parents in inner-city Providence, then returned to his old neighborhood after his graduation from Harvard Law School to give back to his community as an attorney for Rhode Island Legal Services.