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Social media and the digital revolution have fundamentally changed the meaning of “social” and “work.” Social work, like all other professions, will undergo dramatic changes as apps and algorithms overtake human operations. The failure of social sciences in general and social work in particular warrants thoughtful innovations that ensure sustainable services.

The End of Social Work: Epilogue
The end of social work: Epilogue

Optimal stopping is the science of serial monogamy…. Every harried renter, driver, and suitor you see around you as you go through a typical week is essentially reinventing the wheel. They don't need a therapist; they need an algorithm. The therapist tells them to find the right, comfortable balance between impulsivity and overthinking. The algorithm tells the balance is thirty-seven percent.

—Brian Christian and Tom Griffiths (2016: 2–3).

Therapy's trajectory from the cave of a primitive shaman to the office of a ‘licensed practitioner’, almost runs parallel to the zigzag trail of social evolution. Acquisition, strife and alienation lead to modernization followed by post-industrial acquisitions, affluence and their implied burdens. Commoditization of health and wellness ...

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