3D Mathematical Models, Tech Ethics Syllabi, Comet Photography, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, April 23, 2019


New-to-me, from Forbes: Scientific Visualizations For Teaching Used To Mean Plaster Models. “In March 2005 during renovations to the third-floor flooring of the University of Illinois’ mathematics department building, around 170 of the campus’ mathematics models were temporarily removed from their cases. This provided the opportunity to create a series of more than 2,200 high resolution photographs preserving the incredibly intricate and complex designs of the models, as well as showcasing the enormous variety of their designs.”

Launched last July but new-to-me, via Medium: Tech Ethics Curricula: A Collection of Syllabi. “I started a Google spreadsheet to track links to tech ethics syllabi. I made it openly editable, because I worried that hand curation would result in me being a too-busy-assistant-professor bottleneck. I seeded it only with the ethics and policy class that I teach. I tweeted it. It got a lot of attention in part thanks to Boing Boing. It did not take long for me to make my point — that these classes are out there. ”

Space Daily: One Comet, 70,000 Images on the Internet. “Between 2014 and 2016, the scientific camera system OSIRIS onboard ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft captured almost 70,000 images of comet 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko. They not only document the most extensive and demanding comet mission to date, but also show the duck-shaped body in all its facets.”


Engadget: Google Lens may add translation and restaurant ‘filters’. “As clever as Google Lens can be, it’s still quite limited in what it can do before it points you to another app. You might not have to lean on those other apps quite so often n the near future.”


Lifehacker: Get Back Some of Inbox’s Features With Darwin Mail. “If you’re missing Google’s Inbox, Darwin Mail might be a good replacement. The service works with your Gmail account to bring many of the best features of Inbox back to your inbox.”


Quartz: A cyber-attack in Japan could now bring the US into war. “In a briefing yesterday in Washington, DC, US secretary of state Mike Pompeo declared that ‘a cyberattack could, in certain circumstances, constitute an armed attack under Article 5 of the US-Japan Security Treaty.’ The security agreement, ratified after World War II, guarantees the United States’ defense in the event of an attack on Japan.”

The Canberra Times: National Archives review begins as agency races to save ‘at risk’ records. “Nearly 200,000 hours of recordings containing Australia’s memory are at risk under a looming six-year deadline to save the National Archives’ vulnerable files, its director-general says. David Fricker issued the warning about the nation’s ageing historical recordings after the federal government started an independent review of the agency’s needs.”

Bloomberg: Facebook Has Assembled a Small Army of Fact-Checkers. Too Small.. “One of the operations most vital to Facebook Inc. at this moment is a world away from its Menlo Park, California, headquarters, and in more ways than one. Instead of the sprawling roof gardens and upscale cafes packed with Silicon Valley’s latest health fads, this cramped Mumbai office has worn carpets and fading walls lined with exposed electrical ducts. This is Boom Live, one of seven tiny fact-checking firms at the heart of Facebook’s efforts to rebuild some of its credibility during India’s elections.”


Ubergizmo: Austria Drafts Law That Makes It Illegal To Leave Internet Comments Anonymously. “The government has drafted a law that would essentially make it illegal to leave comments on websites anonymously. This essentially would require users to register their real names and addresses when making online comments, which presumably would hold internet users more accountable to the things that they say online.”

The Verge: That mental health app might share your data without telling you. “Free apps marketed to people with depression or who want to quit smoking are hemorrhaging user data to third parties like Facebook and Google — but often don’t admit it in their privacy policies, a new study reports. This study is the latest to highlight the potential risks of entrusting sensitive health information to our phones.”

Boing Boing: The Antitrust Case Against Facebook: a turning point in the debate over Big Tech and monopoly. “In 2017, a 28-year-old law student named Lina Kahn turned the antitrust world on its ear with her Yale Law Review paper, Amazon’s Antitrust Paradox, which showed how Ronald Reagan’s antitrust policies, inspired by ideological extremists at the University of Chicago’s economics department, had created a space for abusive monopolists who could crush innovation, workers’ rights, and competition without ever falling afoul of orthodox antitrust law. Now, Dina Srinivasan, a self-described technology entrepreneur and advertising executive who trained Yale Law School has done it again, with a magesterial, deftly argued paper for the Berkeley Business Law Journal called The Antitrust Case Against Facebook. ”


BBC News: An alternative way to capture childhood on your phone. “One thing I’ve found from hours spent filming and recording audio at work as a BBC News video features journalist is that the most poignant moments are very difficult to capture. You are lucky to have the mechanical equipment on and recording during that telling event that unfolded so quickly around you. But by using that capturing device that is always on but invisible, known as our memory, any event, any candid, revelatory moment that unfolded suddenly out of the mundane, can be recorded and cherished.” Good morning, Internet…

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