FedTech: History of Lorem Ipsum

FedTech: History of Lorem Ipsum. “Have you ever seen the term Lorem Ipsum on a new website? Perhaps you have even tried entering it on Google Translate, but no sensible results came through. Most people who see it the first time think they are in the wrong address only to refresh and come back to the same page. But, what is this mysterious text that you see on pages?”

Science Daily: Computer scientists develop new tool that generates videos from themed text

Science Daily: Computer scientists develop new tool that generates videos from themed text. “A global team of computer scientists, from Tsinghua and Beihang Universities in China, Harvard University in the US and IDC Herzliya in Israel, have developed ‘Write-A-Video,’ a new tool that generates videos from themed text. Using words and text editing, the tool automatically determines which scenes or shots are chosen from a repository to illustrate the desired storyline. The tool enables novice users to produce quality video montages in a simple and user-friendly manner that doesn’t require professional video production and editing skills.”

Nieman Journalism Lab: This text-generation algorithm is supposedly so good it’s frightening. Judge for yourself.

Nieman Journalism Lab: This text-generation algorithm is supposedly so good it’s frightening. Judge for yourself.. “…the creators of the text-generating algorithm GPT-2 played the PR game brilliantly in February when they announced that, well, it just may be too powerful to release to the general public…. In any event, now, nine months later, the folks at OpenAI have apparently decided that the infopocalypse is not right around the corner and released its secret superweapon GPT-2 into the wild.”

The Verge: Google Photos now lets you search for text in pictures you’ve taken

The Verge: Google Photos now lets you search for text in pictures you’ve taken. “Google made a subtle announcement today on Twitter: it’s in the process of rolling out new AI features for its Lens platform that will let you search your Google Photos library for text that appears within photos and screenshots. Then, you’ll then be able to easily copy and paste that text into a note, document, or form.”

Engadget: Amazon’s Textract AI can read millions of pages in a few hours

Engadget: Amazon’s Textract AI can read millions of pages in a few hours. “Amazon has launched a new offering called Textract for its Web Services customers, and it’s like optical character recognition on steroids. It more than just extracts text from documents like its name implies — Amazon says it can actually identify different document formats and their contents so it can process them properly.” Apparently not available all over the US yet.

OCR: Modern tool for old texts (EurekAlert)

EurekAlert: OCR: Modern tool for old texts. “With OCR4all, the JMU [Julius-Maximilians-Universität Würzburg] research team is making a new tool available to the scientific community. It converts digitized historical prints with an error rate of less than one percent into computer-readable texts. And it offers a graphical user interface that requires no IT expertise. With previous tools of this kind, user-friendliness was not always given as the users mostly had to work with programming commands.”

Poynter: Forget fake news stories. False text posts are getting massive engagement on Facebook.

Poynter: Forget fake news stories. False text posts are getting massive engagement on Facebook.. “When Facebook started letting users post text on top of colored backgrounds in 2016, it seemed like a fairly benign way to get people to share more personal thoughts on the platform…. But since then, like other formats on Facebook, the text post feature has been weaponized into an effective way to spread misinformation on the platform.”

VentureBeat: AI extracts speech bubbles from comic strips

VentureBeat: AI extracts speech bubbles from comic strips. “Segmentation — partitioning an image or scan into multiple segments, or sets of pixels — is a task at which artificial intelligence (AI) excels. Case in point: Researchers at Google parent company Alphabet’s DeepMind recently revealed in an academic paper that they’d developed a system capable of segmenting CT scans with ‘near-human performance.’ Now, scientists at the University of Potsdam in Germany have developed an AI segmentation tool for a slightly more cartoony medium: comics.”

Poynter: Text-only news sites are slowly making a comeback. Here’s why.

Poynter: Text-only news sites are slowly making a comeback. Here’s why.. “In recent months, Twitter, Facebook, and Google News have also published their own versions of stripped-down sites that use less bandwidth, mainly aimed at users in emerging markets who might not have access to faster network connections. Earlier this week, Twitter announced that it was now experimenting with an Android app designed to use less data for people with limited connectivity. Yet most news organizations — aside from CNN, NPR, and The Age in Australia — don’t have low-bandwidth sites versions of their sites.”