Future Technologies, Jimmy Barnes, K-12 Computer Science, More: Wednesday Buzz, May 30, 2018


Forbes: Want To Know What Technologies Are Coming In The Future? There’s a Database For That . “Spider silk transformed into fiber for tissue reconstruction; paper that conducts electricity; renewable diesel fuel; and new techniques for regenerating aging or diseased skin. These are just a handful of examples from a new database of over 1,300 new technologies currently making their way through Israeli Technology Transfer Organizations [TTOs] associated with universities, research institutes, and medical institutions.”

Mirage News: Rare Jimmy Barnes footage published in new online exhibition. “Four decades after the release of Cold Chisel’s self-titled debut album, the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) is celebrating the career of iconic rock singer Jimmy Barnes with a new online exhibition titled Working Class Man, which includes a grab bag of rarely-seen interviews, performances and photos.”

Code .org: The K-12 Computer Science Access Report: charting a path to our vision. “Today, we’re excited to announce a joint initiative between the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA) and to create a nationwide database of schools showing which teach computer science. Called the K-12 Computer Science Access Report, the database will be a resource that everyone in the CS community can use.”


Engadget: Snapchat launches its first Lens that reacts to sound . “Snapchat has quite a few intriguing Lenses you can play with, including its body-tracking ones that can follow you around and its majestic sky whale Lens that uses sky segmentation technology. Now, it has rolled out the first ever Lens that reacts not just to what it sees, but also to what it hears.”

BBC News: YouTube stars’ fury over algorithm tests. “Some of YouTube’s most popular stars have criticised the website for ‘experimenting’ with how their videos are delivered to their fans. Unannounced, YouTube started testing an algorithm that changed the order videos appeared in users’ subscription feeds. The experiment came to light when some users complained on social media.” DO NOT WANT.

Globe Newswire: Yandex Launches Yandex.Plus Subscription Service (PRESS RELEASE). “Yandex (NASDAQ:YNDX) has launched a subscription service, Yandex.Plus, that provides subscribers with a high value bundled offering of multiple Yandex services. The Yandex.Plus subscription offers unlimited music streaming, ad-free movies, discounts for taxi and car-sharing rides, as well as other benefits from the Yandex ecosystem.”


More good stuff from Larry Ferlazzo: The Best Web 2.0 Applications For Education In 2018- So Far . “As regular readers know, it’s time for me to begin posting my mid-year ‘The Best….’ lists. There are over 1,900 regularly updated lists now.” Larry posts so much good stuff I’d have to forego sleep and food to explore it all.


University of Miami: Saying Goodbye to Soldiers . “Regardless the exact history, our nation’s most sacred and solemn day centers on the notion of bidding ‘goodbye’ to soldiers, of remembering and honoring those who have died while serving in the U.S. military. University Libraries Special Collections is currently at work to digitalize and archive a cache of videos for its own ‘goodbye’ to soldiers project, a component of Oral History Collections. For the project, Libraries partnered with Warmamas, a nonprofit founded in Coral Gables, to document the stories of mothers whose sons and daughters are leaving for war, deployed to war zones especially in the Middle East, Afghanistan, Iraq, and other Southwest Asia countries. Most of these soldiers have returned, but others have not, or have returned traumatized by their experience.”

SBS News: Foreign embassies ‘self-censoring content on Chinese social media’. “Heavy-handed censorship of foreign government content on Chinese social media has decreased as censors have found more subtle and effective ways to control sensitive information, at the same time as more foreign governments have self-censored content posted through their embassy channels, a new report from an Australian cybersecurity research group says.”


The Next Web: Be cautious, free VPNs are selling your data to 3rd parties. “It isn’t unusual to find companies using deceptive practices when trying to market and grow their brands. One niche where this is very rife is in the VPN industry. It was recently revealed that contrary to claims on their websites, 26 of the 117 most popular VPN services log user data despite touting contrary claims in their marketing. That revelation will seem tame compared to findings on how free VPNs operate: many openly and brazenly share/sell user data.”


ACM Digital Library: Investigating the Effects of Google’s Search Engine Result Page in Evaluating the Credibility of Online News Sources. “Recent research has suggested that young users are not particularly skilled in assessing the credibility of online content. A follow up study comparing students to fact checkers noticed that students spend too much time on the page itself, while fact checkers performed ‘lateral reading’, searching other sources. We have taken this line of research one step further and designed a study in which participants were instructed to do lateral reading for credibility assessment by inspecting Google’s search engine result page (SERP) of unfamiliar news sources. In this paper, we summarize findings from interviews with 30 participants.”

University of Southern California: Social media posts may signal whether a protest will become violent. “Moral rhetoric on Twitter may signal whether a protest will turn violent, according to a USC-led study. The USC researchers also found that people are more likely to endorse violence when they moralize the issue that they are protesting — that is, when they see it as an issue of right and wrong. That holds true when they believe that others in their social network moralize the issue, too.” Good morning, Internet…

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