California Droughts, Net Zero Building, Inoreader, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, February 18, 2020


KSBW: New online interactive tool helps Californians prepare for future drought. “This rain-year has brought an alarmingly dry winter in California so far, according to climate change experts. Now, there’s a new tool to help Californians navigate your water supply. It’s an online toll that allows a person to see the groundwater levels in their area. The tool then gives a representation of what could be at risk or impacted if a drought hits.” Pretty sure that first “online toll” should be “online tool.”

Facilities Management Journal: UKGBC launches catalogue of net zero case studies. UKGBC is the UK Green Building Council. “The catalogue aims to provide organisations with practical examples of the methods needed to encourage and deliver a net zero carbon built environment, across a wide variety of building types. The projects featured demonstrate innovative approaches to addressing specific elements of the framework, such as minimising in-use energy performance or whole life carbon, alongside a range of advanced technologies.”


Inoreader Blog: Declutter Your Inbox. Subscribe to Email Newsletters Straight Into Inoreader. “You have mail! Inoreader now allows you to subscribe to Email Newsletters just as regular RSS feeds. By creating a new Newsletter feed, you have the opportunity to create a unique email address where you can direct emails and read them just as regular articles.”

TechCrunch: Facebook’s latest experiment is Hobbi, an app to document your personal projects. “Though Hobbi takes obvious cues from Pinterest, it’s not just a pinboard of inspirational ideas. Instead, the app is designed to help hobbyists organize photos of their own projects into themed collections — like gardening, cooking, arts & crafts, décor and more. The idea is to track the progress you’re making over time.”


Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: South Milwaukee wants to digitize its newspapers to preserve the city’s history. But it needs $15,000 to do it.. “More than 100 rolls of 35mm microfilm containing South Milwaukee newspapers from 1892 to 2006 are currently not readable. The reader and printer at the South Milwaukee Public Library, 1907 10th Ave., failed and the South Milwaukee Historical Society is working with the library and a local business owner to save the city’s history.”

Wired: Wikipedia Is the Last Best Place on the Internet. “Today, Wikipedia is the eighth-most-visited site in the world. The English-language version recently surpassed 6 million articles and 3.5 billion words; edits materialize at a rate of 1.8 per second. But perhaps more remarkable than Wikipedia’s success is how little its reputation has changed. It was criticized as it rose, and now makes its final ascent to … muted criticism.”


The Verge: The FTC is cracking down on influencer marketing on YouTube, Instagram, and TikTok. “Commissioner Rohit Chopra called for tougher penalties on companies that disguise advertising on platforms like Instagram, YouTube, and TikTok as authentic reviews in a statement sent out Wednesday. The statement came after the FTC voted 5-0 to approve a Federal Register notice that would seek public comment on whether Endorsement Guides for advertising (which haven’t been updated since 2009) need to be reviewed, according to TechCrunch.”

Motherboard: How Big Companies Spy on Your Emails. “Edison is just one of several companies that offer free email apps which then sell anonymized or pseudonymised data derived from users’ inboxes. Another company that mines inboxes called Foxintelligence has data that comes from users of the Cleanfox app, which tidies up users’ inboxes.”

Highland County Press: Husted launches AI tool to analyze Ohio regulations. Ohio’s Lt. Governor Jon Husted. “The project launched Thursday, procured with the assistance of InnovateOhio, uses text analytics and artificial intelligence to analyze Ohio’s rules. By comparing and linking data sets— a task that could take humans months or years — it will provide government policymakers with opportunities to streamline regulations. The tool will more quickly sort data from the Ohio Revised Code (ORC) and Ohio Administrative Code (OAC) in order to narrow the work that needs to be done by human analysts.”


EurekAlert: ORNL researchers develop ‘multitasking’ AI tool to extract cancer data in record time. “To better leverage cancer data for research, scientists at [Oak Ridge National Laboratory] are developing an artificial intelligence-based natural language processing tool to improve information extraction from textual pathology reports. The project is part of a DOE-National Cancer Institute collaboration known as the Joint Design of Advanced Computing Solutions for Cancer (JDACS4C) that is accelerating research by merging cancer data with advanced data analysis and high-performance computing.”

Mashable: This emoji could mean your suicide risk is high, according to AI. “Unlike helplines that offer assistance based on the order in which users dialed, texted, or messaged, Crisis Text Line has an algorithm that determines who is in most urgent need of counseling. The nonprofit is particularly interested in learning which emoji and words texters use when their suicide risk is high, so as to quickly connect them with a counselor. Crisis Text Line just released new insights about those patterns.”

The Next Web: New Zealand’s first AI police officer reports for duty. “New Zealand Police has recruited an unusual new officer to the force: an AI cop called Ella. Ella is a life-like virtual assistant that uses real-time animation to emulate face-to-face interaction in an empathetic way.” Good morning, Internet…

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