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Human Motion, Conan O’Brien, Remote Working, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, March 25, 2019

Apologies for the lateness — I’m at Computers in Libraries AND I FORGOT MY MOUSE. But luckily there’s a Best Buy nearby so all is well. Thanks for reading!

NEW RESOURCES

IEEE Spectrum: Flipping or Turning? This Massive Database of Video Clips Will Help AIs Understand the Difference. “Imagine if we had to explain all of the actions that take place on Earth to aliens. We could provide them with non-fiction books or BBC documentaries. We could try to explain verbally what twerking is. But, really, nothing conveys an action better than a three second video clip.”

Consequence of Sound: Conan O’Brien archive launches with 350 remote segments. “Since the start of the year, there’s been less Conan O’Brien on TV. His TBS late night show, Conan, was chopped to a half-hour format, a major reduction in red-headed comic fare. Fans were promised satiation with a long-in-the-works online archive of O’Brien’s entire 25-year talkshow career, from his time on Late Night through the present day, which was expected to launch in January. While the full rollout failed to meet that deadline, Team Coco has announced that a segmented released finally begin as of today, Monday, March 25th.”

Spotted on Reddit: a database of companies that use remote workers. I can’t find too much of an “about” section with this one, but it does seem to have a substantial number of companies and an excellent number of filters for sorting them (not only the type of company, but whether they offer health insurance, profit sharing, whether the teams are large or small, etc.)

TWEAKS AND UPDATES

Search Engine Journal: Bing upgrades text-to-speech, expands intelligent answers, improves visual search. “Bing announced large upgrades to their text-to-speech capabilities in voice search, improvements to their intelligent answers and visual search capabilities.”

Library of Congress: New National Recording Registry Class Is “Superfly”. “The classic radio western ‘Gunsmoke’; Ritchie Valens’ groundbreaking 1958 sensation ‘La Bamba’; Sam & Dave’s 1967 hit single ‘Soul Man’; the revolutionary 1968 Broadway musical ‘Hair’; and Neil Diamond’s 1969 ‘Sweet Caroline,’ which became a popular sports anthem, are the newest recordings inducted into the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress. Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden today named these and 20 other recordings as aural treasures worthy of preservation because of their cultural, historic and aesthetic importance to the nation’s recorded sound heritage.”

USEFUL STUFF

MakeUseOf: The 9 Best Apps to Create Fast Graphic Designs . “In today’s world where selfies rule and videos are king among content, there’s no doubt killer visuals are important. But adding visual elements to your written content can feel like a major time-suck, especially when you don’t have any design skills to lean on.”

Mashable: ‘Am I depressed?’: How teens can find mental health help online. “…many young people grappling with psychological distress or mental illness are hesitant to tell someone who could help them. Instead, they may look for answers online, where Google searches can lead them to both information about effective treatment and therapy and to misleading or bad advice. Teens looking for hope amidst a sea of online resources can arm themselves with the following tips.”

AROUND THE SEARCH AND SOCIAL MEDIA WORLD

CNN: How Twitter’s algorithm is amplifying extreme political rhetoric. “Imagine opening up the Twitter app on your phone and scrolling through your feed. Suddenly, you come across a hyper-partisan tweet calling Hillary Clinton the ‘godmother of ISIS.’ It’s from a user you do not follow, and it’s not in your feed by virtue of a retweet from a user you do follow. So how did it get there?”

New York Times: A New Age of Warfare: How Internet Mercenaries Do Battle for Authoritarian Governments. “The man in charge of Saudi Arabia’s ruthless campaign to stifle dissent went searching for ways to spy on people he saw as threats to the kingdom. He knew where to go: a secretive Israeli company offering technology developed by former intelligence operatives.”

Wired: We Need More Videogame Folklorists. “As more and more of our lives occur in digital spaces, it becomes increasingly important to catalogue and contextualize those experiences. [Wes] Locher’s advice for aspiring video game folklorists is to explore the players’ lives outside the game as well as within it.”

SECURITY & LEGAL

Motherboard: This Spyware Data Leak Is So Bad We Can’t Even Tell You About It. “A consumer spyware vendor left a lot of incredibly sensitive and private data, including intimate pictures and private call recordings, for all to see on a server freely accessible over the internet. And it still hasn’t taken the data down.”

Tubefilter: YouTube Facing Lawsuit That Alleges Toy Unboxing Videos Are “Abusive Advertising Practices” Aimed At Children. “A Brazilian lawsuit filed against YouTube’s owner Google is raising questions about whether toy unboxing videos are manipulating kids — and whether similar suits could eventually be filed in the U.S., citing laws that prohibit aggressive marketing to children.”

RESEARCH & OPINION

EurekAlert: How virtual reality may provide a new non-invasive therapy for autism. “Autism was first described by U.S. researchers more than 70 years ago, and today the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that 1 in 59 children are identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), affecting more than 3.5 million Americans.”

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