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My Special Aflac Duck Featured at CES on the Hill 2018

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Aflac presented My Special Aflac Duck to members of Congress, the media and government at CES on the Hill 2018. 

View the full video here.

To learn more about My Special Aflac Duck, visit: https://aflacchildhoodcancer.org/

Detroit News: STEM Talent is Critical

Consumers Energy CEO Patti Poppe to Co-Chair the 2018 FIRST Robotics Championship in Michigan
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by Patti Poppe, President and CEO of Consumers Energy

This is an exciting time for Consumers Energy and the energy industry. We’re in the midst of unprecedented transformation. Technological advances are rapidly reshaping the way we do business.

Robots at the Gate: Barclays Report on Technology and the Future of Work

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New technology is changing our work and social lives at unprecedented speed and intensity.

Leaps in technological advancement are nothing new, and innovation often results in incredible step changes in the home and the workplace: the printing presses of the 1400s widened access to books (and therefore knowledge) for the first time; the Industrial Revolution’s mechanisation led to an explosion in both industrial output and urbanisation; cars, aeroplanes and the internet have connected people around the world like never before.

Consumers Energy Helps Nurture STEM Careers through Sponsorship in FIRST® Robotics State Competition

Company participation helps promote next generation of Michigan innovators
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SAGINAW, Mich., April 11, 2018 /3BL Media/ – A competition of student-built and remote-control operated robots is helping spur interest in and pursuit of future high-demand science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers at the FIRST® in Michigan robotics state championships, sponsored by Consumers Energy.

Arrow Electronics Sponsors FIRST Robotics Regional Competition

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Arrow Electronics sponsored the FIRST Robotics Colorado Regional Competition March 23-24, continuing its commitment to cultivate the next generation of innovators. Held at the University of Denver, the competition drew 52 high school teams from Colorado and other western states, as well as one team from Turkey.

How New Technology Is Helping Children Cope With Cancer

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One of the toughest aspects of managing cancer in children is communicating with young patients, say parents and healthcare experts.

“There were many times when my daughter did not want to talk or communicate her feelings,” says Joycelynn Sanchez of now 6-year-old Jiani, who at age 3, was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia. “She grew tired of the pokes and the questions and would become withdrawn.”

The Robot Comfort Duck Will See You Now

Cute furry robots like Paro seal and My Special Aflac Duck are the latest way to help people suffering from cancer, diabetes, depression and dementia.
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This is part of CNET's "Tech Enabled" series about the role technology plays in helping the disability community.

A hospital room has an odd duality. When my mom occupied one, it was both the best place for her to get better and the last place she'd ever see. She spent months in that light-gray room battling complications from kidney and heart disease.

The Future of Forestry: Domtar’s Use of Drones

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Domtar’s Ashdown, Arkansas mill has used drone technology since 2016 to save time, improve efficiencies and help keep its foresters safe.

Domtar’s Ashdown, Arkansas mill uses drone technology to complete critical forestry tasks:

  • Faster
  • Safer
  • More efficiently

Here are three ways drones are changing forestry as we know it:

1) Easily spotting diseases and infestations. Here, significant beetle damage was found, as indicated by the dead and dying trees below.

Autonomous Cars Poised to Transform, Connect Smart Communities

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A future where driverless cars are roaming city streets may be closer than you think. Quickly moving past test and pilot phases, autonomous vehicles are now hitting the road in business parks and on limited fixed routes, bringing the promise of increased safety, reduced emissions and the potential for streamlined public transportation.

My Special Aflac Duck Takes Home Best of CES 2018 Award

Caring Companion for Children with Cancer Honored for Best Unexpected Product among 3,900 Exhibitors
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LAS VEGAS, Jan. 12, 2018 /3BL Media/ – Aflac, the leader in voluntary insurance sales at the worksite in the United States, capped off a busy week at the Consumer Electronics Show® (CES) by accepting the Best of CES 2018 Award for Best Unexpected Product for My Special Aflac Duck, the company’s new social robot designed to help children coping with cancer.

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