LGBTQ Health Care, Blockchain, Fortnite, More: Monday Evening Buzz, June 18, 2018


Indiana University: Medical student founds national organization connecting LGBTQ community with health care. “[Dustin] Nowaskie graduated in May, but before that, in the middle of his psychiatry studies, he founded OutCare, a database for LGBTQ health care. The website includes the OutList, a compilation of doctors and nurses confirmed to be culturally competent on LGBTQ health issues, as well as a database of other community and educational resources for patients and health care providers alike.”


Berkeley: New online course will make blockchain so clear ‘you can explain it to your grandma’. “A popular UC Berkeley course on blockchain — the complex, bewildering technology that underpins things like bitcoin — will soon be a public online course accessible to anyone across the world eager to learn about the decentralized bookkeeping method that many believe could be the future of the digital economy.” The course will be free.

For those of you who are old like I am, from CNN: All the questions about ‘Fortnite’ you were too embarrassed to ask. “What might it take to unite people of all ages, backgrounds and interests toward a common goal? Easy: An impending ecological crisis threatening the survival of humanity. That’s one appeal of the multiplayer video game ‘Fortnite,’ an unlikely cultural phenomenon that is sweeping the globe while amassing a minor fortune for its creators. If you’re not among the 125 million people playing ‘Fortnite’ and are feeling left behind, we break down everything you need to know.”


University of Florida: University of Florida and ArtPlace America launch national initiative for arts and public health . “The University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine in partnership with ArtPlace America is launching ‘Creating Healthy Communities: Arts + Public Health in America,’ a two-year national initiative designed to accelerate innovation at the intersections of the arts, creative placemaking, community development, and public health. Beginning in May 2018 and culminating in April 2020, the initiative aims to build healthy communities in alignment with national public health goals through strategic cross-sector collaboration, research, translation, and resource sharing…. The research team will publish its findings and will lead the development of open-access resources, including a searchable research database and a repository of arts in public health resources expected to launch in March 2019.”

The Citizen: Google Images seems to think only white people live in SA squatter camps. “Due to a strange algorithmic twist, South Africans noticed this week that when you search for ‘SA squatter camps’ on Google and look for images, most of the results feature white people in shacks. Obviously, this is a far cry from the reality, but appears to have happened because white people living in shacks is “news”, while black people living in shacks is just another day.”

New York Times: Amazon Tightens Grip on a New Medium: Live Streams of Video Games. “Late on a recent night, more than 600,000 people watched one of the most popular video game players, Tyler Blevins, engage in Fortnite Battle Royale with a celebrity guest: Drake. Mr. Blevins streams his near-daily video game sessions live on Twitch, a website acquired by Amazon in 2014 for $1.1 billion. He makes more than $500,000 a month on the platform, thanks to his 250,000 paid subscribers, and some of his sessions can last 12 hours. Mr. Blevins, who plays under the name Ninja, is popular not only because of his gaming skill, which is considerable, but because of his draw as a host.”


RadioFreeEurope: Belarus Passes Legislation Against ‘Fake News’ Media. “Belarusian lawmakers have passed controversial amendments to the country’s media laws despite claims by domestic and international groups that the move risks leading to further censorship of the press. The National Assembly on June 14 voted on the second and final reading of the draft amendments that the government says will enable it to prosecute people suspected of spreading ‘false’ information on the Internet.”


University of North Georgia: Faculty and students search for fossils and data on Georgia’s coast. “Searching for late Pleistocene-aged fossils by digging holes adjacent a water canal near the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centernew window (FLETC) in Brunswick, Georgia, may not appeal to some college students, but it did for University of North Georgia (UNG) faculty members David and Jessica Patterson, alumna Kayla Allen and nine undergraduates.”

Business Insider India: Google researchers discover new algorithm that can render 3D scenes just by a few snapshots. “Researchers at Google recently developed a new AI algorithm called the Generative Query Network (GQN), that will further reduce the gap between humans, computers and how they see things. We all can perceive our surroundings by just a look, and now computers will be able to accomplish the same. This new type of artificial intelligence algorithm can figure out how an object looks from all angles using visual sensors, it does not need to see the object from all angles to learn.”


Gadgette: Audrey: an adorable online service where people read to each other. “We’re used to hearing how digital media makes us feel more isolated — envying someone’s glamorous life on Instagram, feeling left out from all the fun on Facebook — but it’s worth remembering that there are services out there that bring people together, too. One of them is Audrey, a new website that matches up pairs of people to read to one another.” I am so signing up for this. PREPARE FOR MY SOUTHERN ACCENT, AUDREY. Good evening, Internet…

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