Stylus Short Reads: March 23

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Chatbot Companionship: AI Takes on Emotional Labour

As generative artificial intelligence (AI) tools proliferate, consumers are enlisting AI to supercharge personal relationships. We unpack the emotional labour chatbots can provide and outline the benefits (and drawbacks) of engaging emotionally with tech.

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Women at Work: Menstruation & Menopause Policies

Amidst enthusiasm for Spain’s new menstrual leave policy and the UK government’s first appointed Menopause Employment Champion, we highlight how countries, companies and consumers are approaching women-centric policies.

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Flexible Luxury Living: Next-Gen Rentals for Digital Nomads

Amid the global housing crisis and people’s continued desire for remote and hybrid jobs (see New Work-Life Patterns), property managers are rethinking their rental models. Enter US-based Landing, whose Standby membership lets workers rent luxury apartments at low costs for short periods of time.

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Digital Clones: The Future of AI-Powered Avatars

As the world of artificial intelligence (AI) expands rapidly – see Generative AI & the Creative Industries – tech companies are developing new tools to create digital reflections of people. We explore two ways in which AI-powered avatars could be used in the future.

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Africa-Centric Banking: Three Themes Driving African Fintech

Experts have pinpointed Africa as the most lucrative region for fintech and decentralised finance. In 2020, 75% of people using fintech solutions in north Africa and the Middle East said digitalisation had made banking easier (Statista, 2022). Stylus highlights three themes dominating the sector in Africa.

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Pharmacies Rethink Services Amidst Rising Costs & Medicine Shortages

Due to the cost-of-living crisis, 51% of UK pharmacists have noted an increase in people not collecting their prescriptions, and 67% have seen patients requesting cheaper medication (RPS, 2023). While governments in the UK and Germany have frozen prescription charges to halt soaring prices, pharmacies are rethinking their services to make medication more accessible.

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