OCR Tools, Wing Aviation, Twitter, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, April 24, 2019


EurekAlert: OCR: Modern tool for old texts. “With OCR4all, the JMU [Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg] research team is making a new tool available to the scientific community. It converts digitized historical prints with an error rate of less than one percent into computer-readable texts. And it offers a graphical user interface that requires no IT expertise. With previous tools of this kind, user-friendliness was not always given as the users mostly had to work with programming commands.”


Yahoo News: Google’s Wing Aviation gets FAA OK for drone deliveries. “Google affiliate Wing Aviation has received federal approval allowing it to make commercial deliveries by drone. It’s the first time a company has gotten a federal air carrier certification for drone deliveries.”

Ars Technica: Twitter shuts down 5,000 pro-Trump bots retweeting anti-Mueller report invective. “Twitter has suspended over 5,000 accounts tied to a network amplifying a message denouncing the report by Special Counsel Robert Mueller as a ‘RussiaGate hoax.’ According to a researcher, the accounts—most of which had only posted three or four times in the past—were connected to other accounts previously used to post pro-Saudi messages.”

CNET: Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey meets with President Trump. “Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey met with President Donald Trump on Tuesday. The meeting happened on the same day Trump criticized Twitter, accusing the social media company of being ‘very discriminatory,’ playing ‘political games’ and not treating him ‘well as a Republican.’ Twitter has denied suppressing conservative speech in the past.”

The Verge: Microsoft workers pressure company to stand by embattled Chinese GitHub repo . “Microsoft employees have put forward a petition in defense of a trending GitHub repository they believe could be under threat of Chinese censorship. The repository, called 996.ICU, was established in late March by Chinese tech workers who were protesting extreme overwork. The stories name some of the biggest companies in China, including Alibaba, Huawei, ByteDance, DJI, Tencent, Vivo, and others.”


ZDNet: Put the internet back under your control with the FreedomBox. “On today’s internet, most of us find ourselves locked into one service provider or the other. We find ourselves tied down to Apple, Facebook, Google, or Microsoft for our e-mail, social networking, calendering — you name it. It doesn’t have to be that way. The FreedomBox Foundation has just released its first commercially available FreedomBox: The Pioneer Edition FreedomBox Home Server Kit. With it, you — not some company — control over your internet-based services.”


Jordan Times: ‘Ministry building database of civil society organisations’. “The Ministry of Planning and International Cooperation is currently building a database of the civil society organisations operating in the Kingdom, Planning Minister Mary Kawar said on Monday. Kawar said that the platform aims to boost partnerships and communication between the government and the organisations by supporting networking and minimising conflict in organisations’ work.”

New York Post: Attention-hungry people are faking vacations on Instagram. “Looking to live the glamorous, well-traveled life — and stir envy among your Instagram followers — but can’t afford it? Well, now you can have a photo of yourself digitally altered to make it seem like you can.”

Deutsche Welle: New Zealand and France want to ban terrorists from social media. “New Zealand and France will work together to banish terrorists from social media networks, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Wednesday. She and French President Emmanuel Macron will chair a meeting with world leaders and tech companies in May, her office said.”


Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News: PTSD Diagnosed through Voice Analysis Using AI. “Scientists in the United States have developed an artificial intelligence (AI) tool, or classifier, that can diagnose posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in veterans by analyzing their voices. Tests showed that the new tool could distinguish between individuals who did or did not have PTSD, with 89% accuracy. With further refinement the tool could potentially be used in a clinical setting to remotely diagnose PTSD, a condition for which the New York University (NYU) School of Medicine-led team acknowledges there is currently no objective test.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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