Thailand AI, Facebook, YouTube, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, September 11, 2019


Bangkok Post: Nectec launches website with AI database. “The National Electronics and Computer Technology Center (Nectec) has launched a website that allows programme developers, startups and businesses to access an artificial intelligence (AI) research database and services to develop products linked with the technology.” Web site is in Thai of course but translates easily.


Engadget: Facebook adds new ways for public figures to make money and stay safe. Oh, well, thank goodness public figures can make money. I was worried. “Facebook wants to make it easier for famous people to engage with their fans on the site. That’s why the company is launching new ways for Facebook users to interact with public figures they follow, be it internet creators, authors, athletes or sports teams.”

CNET: YouTube vowed to halt comments on videos with young kids. It hasn’t . “Comment-enabled videos prominently depicting young kids are still easy to find on YouTube. A single YouTube search for one kids-focused subject — ‘pretend play’ — returned more than 100 videos with comments enabled, all prominently featuring infants, preschoolers and other children young enough to still have their baby teeth. After CNET contacted YouTube with a list of these videos, comments were disabled on nearly half of them.”

TechCrunch: Facebook tightens policies around self-harm and suicide. “Timed with World Suicide Prevention Day, Facebook is tightening its policies around some difficult topics, including self-harm, suicide and eating disorder content after consulting with a series of experts on these topics. It’s also hiring a new Safety Policy Manager to advise on these areas going forward. This person will be specifically tasked with analyzing the impact of Facebook’s policies and its apps on people’s health and well-being, and will explore new ways to improve support for the Facebook community.”


This was September 10, but it’s still important. Plenty of resources here. Mashable: 6 ways to support yourself and others on World Suicide Prevention Day . “Suicide can be a hard topic to broach. It isn’t always easy to know if someone you love is struggling. Still, there are ways to help. ”

I thought I had mentioned this before, but I can’t find anything, so Boing Boing: Yarn: search for a snippet of dialog, get a clip from the movie it’s in. “Yarn does one thing very well: return a brief video clip of a movie based on the dialog you type in.” I tried several quotes from the 1939 movie THE WOMEN with no luck, but got plenty of results for Life of Brian and over 2300 results for freaky deaky.

Poynter: Peel back the layers of Twitter with this freshly updated tool . “Account Analysis (sign-in required, pro plans optional) uncloaks a ton of great information about any public Twitter account, including daily rhythms; frequency of tweets by specific dates and days of the week; and data about languages, interfaces, most common URLs shared and more.”


The Verge: Google Nest Hub Max review: bigger screen, better sound, and a camera . “The $229 Nest Hub Max is a lot like the Nest Hub, just bigger. It has a 10-inch display, more powerful speakers, and something the smaller version lacks entirely: a camera.”


Business Insider: A JPMorgan bot analyzed 14,000 Trump tweets and found they’re having an increasingly sharp impact on markets. “JPMorgan created a tracker to monitor the impact of Trump’s tweets on markets, and the bank said it found ‘strong evidence’ that the president’s tweets ‘increasingly moved US rates markets immediately after publication.'”

Search Engine Journal: Only 50% of Consumers Believe Search Results Provide Accurate Information About Brands. “New research on the expectations of consumers searching for brand information finds only half believe information in search results is accurate. Further, consumers hold brands responsible for the inaccurate information, even when it appears outside of a brand’s official channels.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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