Thousands of scientific studies had to toss out weeks of data because of a 56-second TikTok video by a teenager.
The July 23rd video is short and simple. It opens with recent Florida high school graduate and self-described “teen author” Sarah Frank sitting in her bedroom and smiling at the camera.
“Welcome to side hustles I recommend trying — part one,” she says in the video, pointing users to the website Prolific.co. “Basically, it’s a bunch of surveys for different amounts of money and different amounts of time.”
How might this issue have been detected earlier by the platform, and not instead by a researcher: “We have noticed a huge leap in the number of participants on the platform in the US Pool, from 40k to 80k. Which is great, however, now a lot of our studies have a gender skew where maybe 85% of participants are women. Plus the age has been averaging around 21.” ?
In what others ways could you use a platform like the Prolific Platform?
The Fibonacci House in Procter, B.C., boasts spectacular views of the nearby mountains — but that’s not what makes the tiny home a one-of-a-kind vacation rental.
It is Canada’s first 3D printed house — a spiral structure with a standout feature: Curved walls. (It was inspired by — and named after — the mathematical Fibonacci sequence.)
Also known as additive manufacturing, 3D printing is a process where an object is built using layers of materials as directed by a digital design.
While 3D-printed construction is still considered to be in its infancy, advocates say that in the future, the technology could be used to build houses with unique designs quickly and more cheaply, with less of a need for scarce skilled labour.
Source: Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
Date: September 29th, 2021
Why is it important to have “unique designs”?
What sort of labor might be needed for this “additive manufacturing” house?
Getting sick of those cryptocurrency ads that have all the grace and subtlety of carnival barkers or neon signs on the Vegas strip? So are securities regulators.
The Canadian Securities Administrators and Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada (IIROC) announced new advertising, marketing and social media guidelines for cryptocurrency exchanges Thursday.
Ontario Securities Commission chair Grant Vingoe said the goal of the guidelines is simple: Keeping investors safe in a rapidly-growing sector where there’s something of a wild-west atmosphere.
“The biggest focus is investor protection,” said Vingoe.
Those “quickest one to 500 trades gets a bonus” ads or “click here and invest before the price goes up” tweets? Big no-nos. Ditto for the ones saying an exchange is the safest one around, without any proof. And above all, any advertising will have to mention the volatility and risk inherent in the entire cryptocurrency sector.
Tel Aviv? Nairobi? How about Atlanta, Kochi or Dundee? These cities are featured in a series of mini-documentaries where local filmmakers take you behind the scenes of our Places of the Future. Hear first-hand from entrepreneurs, artists, corporate innovators, educators and others as we unpack the secrets to their success. And as you’ll see, some Places of the Future can’t be found on a map.
I couldn’t tell you when it happened exactly. But some time in the past decade or so, I went from being the sort of child of the 1990s who’d watch TV to unwind to someone who’d choose YouTube instead. Cooking shows, interviews, sports highlights — whatever pops up is now how I veg out.
Every day, more than one billion users watch more than one billion hours of content on YouTube. This is how huge digital platforms work: because they are so enormous in scale, they end up becoming the thing to which many of us default.
That’s not to say they are immune to challenge, however. This week, it was revealed that the short-form video app TikTok is gaining on YouTube. In the U.S. and U.K., users are spending more time on TikTok watching lip syncing, skits and rants there than on Google’s video site, which is a remarkable shift for an app so comparatively new.
” Size is a problem because of what are called network effects. As more and more users pile on to a platform, the popularity itself becomes an entrenching factor ” How did TikTok itself become large if a key factor is being large?
” Like all technology, it lends itself to particular things. As but one example, the small frame of the smartphone camera has appeared to encourage a particular focus on the body and commodification. ” Have a discussion about what this statement means, and what impact, if any, it has on how apps are designed.
Companies spent the equivalent of around US$15bn extra a week on technology to enable safe and secure home working during COVID-19, reveals the global 2020 Harvey Nash/KPMG CIO Survey. This was one of the biggest surges in technology investment in history – with the world’s IT leaders spending more than their annual budget rise in just three months, as the global crisis hit, and lockdowns began to be enforced.
“…the top three business aims that their management board is looking for IT/technology to address as: Improving operational efficiency, improving agility and speed to market, and developing new products and services. ” Hasn’t this always been the case? What has the last year accelerated this?
“…the COVID-19 pandemic has increased collaboration between the business and technology teams, and also accelerated digital transformation and adoption of emerging tech such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, IoT and intelligent automation”. Which major in your business school is going to help you most compete in a world where these are the things businesses are focusing on, and the skills they are looking for?