New-to-me, from Ensia: How can we adapt to climate change? This online hub has answers. “Even as we strive to stop the globe from getting hotter still in order to avoid another ‘lost decade,’ we’ll also have to adjust to changes already happening. The good news: There’s no need to start from scratch, thanks to the Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE), a collection of more than 2,000 vetted resources on climate adaptation compiled since 2010 by EcoAdapt, a nonprofit based in Washington state.”
New York Times: Smashing the Finance Patriarchy With Memes. “Haley Sacks, 28, doesn’t just want women to save; she wants them to invest. Not only that: She wants them to understand the culture of investment banking. To teach them, she posts memes on Instagram. Her account, @MrsDowJones, has compared Deutsche Bank’s trajectory since 2007 to Rob Kardashian; likened the hype ahead of the Uber I.P.O. to that surrounding the newest royal baby; and used Andy Cohen as a proxy for interest rates.”
OneZero: Learning to Repair My Busted TV Taught Me How to Love the Internet Again. “For every angry screed from some incel or jihadi on YouTube, there are countless barely produced but very helpful how-to videos on almost every subject imaginable. A few diagnostic videos showed me how to check the power supply and mainboard, and a quick follow-up search led me to an online retailer of TV repair parts, including ones for my five-year-old Vizio. I ordered a $40 mainboard and a few days later, I swapped it in.”
TechBeacon: 14 data scientists you should follow on Twitter. “The application of artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to business and IT, from intelligent IT operations (AIOps) to service management to software testing, is keeping the data revolution moving at lightning speed. That’s why data science remains a popular concentration for computer science students who have the talent for math and analytics.” Excellent annotation with lots of book links.
EurekAlert: Significant potential demonstrated by digital agricultural advice. “The near ubiquitous penetration of mobile phones among smallholder farmers in developing countries has enabled a powerful new tool for dispensing agricultural advice to farmers. Low acquisition and marginal costs make digital extension scalable at low cost when compared to traditional in person extension practices.”
Phys .org: By leap of faith? How to regain trust in science and expertise. “Fake news? Post-truth? Populism? In the current environment of growing scepticism about political institutions and a dismissal of journalism and scientific facts, public trust in expertise is seen as eroding. Such trends are often associated with a changing digital communication landscape where new responses and mechanisms are required to find common ground in public discourse and decision-making.”
Fast Company: There’s now a chatbot to give refugees instant legal advice. “For a Syrian refugee in Lebanon who is trying to navigate the legal path to resettlement, it can be difficult to find answers—and overstretched humanitarian organizations can take as long as three months to respond to an email when the demand for help is highest. A new chatbot called Mona, designed for Facebook Messenger and Telegram, can help more quickly.”