From the South China Morning Post: How a 14-year-old Hongkonger built an app to help Alzheimer’s patients connect with their loved ones . “At the age of 14, the Hong Kong-born [Emma] Yang has already created her own mobile app for Alzheimer’s patients, which has impressed the likes of Microsoft Corp founder Bill Gates and Alibaba Group Holding executive vice-chairman Joseph Tsai. The Timeless app, which Yang spent two years developing and refining, comes with several core features. It uses an artificial intelligence-powered facial recognition system, from Miami-based start-up Kairos, to help Alzheimer’s patients identify people in photos and remember who they are.” Thank you Emma Yang.
Nieman Lab: Old people are most likely to share fake news on Facebook. They’re also Facebook’s fastest-growing U.S. audience.. “Elderly Americans were most likely to share fake news around the election, even after controlling for political affiliation and ideology. Only a small percentage of people shared fake news in the first place, but those who did were likely to be over 65.”
ScienceBlog: Machine Learning May Be Able To Predict If You’re In For A Healthy Old Age. “For a study published December 19, 2018 in Genome Biology, a collaborative team at the Salk Institute analyzed skin cells ranging from the very young to the very old and looked for molecular signatures that can be predictive of age. Developing a better understanding of the biological processes of aging could eventually help to address health conditions that are more common in old age, such as heart disease and dementia.”
Motherboard: The Story of Lenny, the Internet’s Favorite Telemarketing Troll. “Lenny is a decade-old chatbot designed to troll telemarketers that has developed a cult following online. It’s remarkably convincing, but is it actually effective?”
Pew (PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW PEW!): Western Europeans Under 30 View News Media Less Positively, Rely More on Digital Platforms Than Older Adults. “Across eight Western European countries, adults ages 18 to 29 are about twice as likely to get news online than from TV. They also tend to be more critical of the news media’s performance and coverage of key issues than older adults”
Nieman Lab: Younger generations are actually better at telling news from opinion than those over age 50. “Those pesky kids with their smartphones don’t know the days of print newspapers separating the news pages from the opinion section. But they’re not necessarily the ones we have to worry about discerning news statements from opinions, according to a new analysis from the Pew Research Center.”
Phys .org: Social media buffers depression among older adults with pain. “With a few finger strokes or swipes on a computer or cell phone, seniors with pain reduce the risk of depression when visiting social media sites. In a newly published University of Michigan study, researchers reported that using social media can reduce the negative health effects of curtailed social contact that comes as a consequence of pain.”