Quiz Questions, Google+, Facebook Ads, More: Wednesday ResearchBuzz, March 20, 2019


Digital Journal: Q4 Quiz Produces the Largest Online Database of Quiz Questions and Answers Free Of Charge (PRESS RELEASE). “Q4 Quiz is an online question and answer platform. It covers many fields of study including sciences and arts. Most remarkable of all is its robust section on general knowledge. It has been revealed that the platform has over a million questions and answers across many fields and over a hundred thousand general knowledge questions and answers.”


Engadget: Internet Archive races to preserve public Google+ posts. “Just because Google+ is shutting down on April 2nd doesn’t mean your years of social posts will be lost in the void. The ArchiveTeam recently started caching public Google+ content to make it available on the Internet Archive after the fateful day. This won’t include content that was deleted or made private before the archival process began, and might not include all comments or full-resolution media. Still, this will ensure that you have some way of reliving moments years down the road.”

Times of India: FB takes down several political ads by state outfits . “Political outfits from the state were quite closefisted when it came to splurging on Facebook advertisements, reveal data from Ad Library, a searchable database of ads related to politics and issues of national importance run on Facebook or Instagram. Several such ads were taken down by the Facebook as the parties failed to provide information on who was paying for it.”

Digital Trends: Nvidia’s A.I. Playground lets you edit photos, experience deep learning research. “On Monday, March 18, Nvidia launched A.I. Playground, a new online space where anyone can experience all the raw power of deep learning research. The new website currently features three demos for image editing, styling, as well as photorealistic image synthesis.”


Genealogy’s Star: Discovering Genealogical Videos. “I have used YouTube videos for everything from replacing a battery in my car to learning complex software application such as Adobe Premiere Pro. For genealogists, there is a treasure trove of information and commentary from thousands of genealogically related videos just waiting for review. Of course, I have spent a lot of time contributing to that immense number, but there are other sets of videos that need mentioning.”

MakeUseOf: The Top 5 Free Apps to Split or Merge Video Files. “Editing videos can be surprisingly complex. Using a serious tool like Adobe Premiere Pro, it could take days to comfortably cut your first video into smaller clips, or put videos together into a single larger clip. What are you to do when you don’t have that kind of time? What if you just want to merge videos together one time and don’t want to install a full-blown video editor like Final Cut X or HitFilm Express?”


The Next Web: Google helps South Africa combat fake news ahead of its general election. “Can South Africa really hold a general election on the 8th of May in a way that it really represents the views of its people? One might have thought this was an academic question. The Electoral Commission of South Africa is well respected and the legal system is robust. There are certainly enough political parties – around 285 are registered even if most are unlikely to participate in the May elections – for the national and nine provincial legislatures. But there have been worrying signs about the use of disinformation during previous elections and these need to be heeded.”

The Stranger: Facebook Is Having Trouble Finding Worthwhile Reporting in News Deserts It Helped Create. “Facebook is not the only reason there’s a local news crisis in America. But the rise of Facebook is definitely a major contributor to a massive die-off in community-rooted journalistic enterprises around the country that, according to the Associated Press, has left America’s small towns and urban centers with 1,400 fewer newspapers over the last 15 years.”


Xinhua: Database of Australian hate crimes gathering support after Christchurch attack. “Australia’s Opposition Leader has backed calls for the creation of a national database of hate crimes following the attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand.”


Nature: The rise and fall of scientific authority — and how to bring it back. “It is tempting to think that scientific authority is natural and will soon reassert itself like a sturdy self-righting boat knocked over by a rogue wave. The ugly truth is that science is more like Facebook, whose positive features are also vulnerabilities. Precisely because it allows us to connect and share, Facebook creates opportunities for misuse. Similarly, science is an exemplary form of enquiry because it is technical, fallible, done in communities and able to reshape our values. But these very features allow detractors to reject the authority even of eminent experts.”

Washington Post: Stanford helped pioneer artificial intelligence. Now the university wants to put humans at its center.. “A Stanford University scientist coined the term artificial intelligence. Others at the university created some of the most significant applications of it, such as the first autonomous vehicle. But as Silicon Valley faces a reckoning over how technology is changing society, Stanford wants to be at the forefront of a different type of innovation, one that puts humans and ethics at the center of the booming field of AI.”

Phys .org: No lie! FSU researcher developing world’s first online polygraph. “It’s tricky enough in face-to-face conversations that offer facial expressions, gestures and tone of voice because those physical cues add context. Spotting a liar gets even tougher in blind computer conversations. Florida State University researcher Shuyuan Ho wants to shed those blinders by creating a revolutionary online polygraph.” Good morning, Internet…

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