The Plastic Tide Project

This year for British Science Week we are helping out The Plastic Tide by getting them over 1 million classifications by the end of Sunday 19th March! The Plastic Tide aims to significantly enhance our understanding of the amount of plastic on coastlines, by trialling revolutionary drone-based automatic detection of litter. Help them reach […]

As with all the Zooniverse citizen science projects, its straight forward to take part. You categorise beach plastic to help train an AI algorithm. This will take over the task and track the problem of plastic in the sea in future.

via British Science Week Challenge – The Plastic Tide — Daily Zooniverse



Falcon Heavy First Flight

On Tuesday, Feb. 6th at 3:45 PM ET, Falcon Heavy successfully lifted off from Launch Complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Falcon Heavy is the most powerful operational rocket in the world by a factor of two, with the ability to lift into orbit nearly 64 metric tons (141,000 lb)–a mass greater than a 737 jetliner loaded with passengers, crew, luggage and fuel.

via Falcon Heavy Test Launch | SpaceX

The end of watching TV as a family

It’s also a shift that follows the trend towards polarisation and the echo chambers of social media.
You watch a great deal of something you know you like. You never watch things with which you’re likely to disagree.
The feedback loops of online algorithms serve up even more of the same, dicing and slicing and targeting the audience into advertising-friendly chunks.
It’s almost the complete opposite of Lord Reith’s idea that public service broadcasting should be about giving people things they don’t yet know they will like.

via Watch without mother: The end of watching TV as a family – BBC News

Facebook Couldn’t Handle News. Maybe It Never Wanted To.

While Facebook is notorious for its endless piddling product tweaks, this one seems a substantive shift in strategic vision. It’s an unprecedented acknowledgment that Facebook’s core feature — News Feed — has not worked out at all the way it was intended. It was abused by peddlers of misinformation. It was used by foreign governments to attempt to interfere in elections. It made people feel bad.

via Facebook Couldn’t Handle News. Maybe It Never Wanted To.

Good article summarising of all the problems Facebook caused itself and its users with the news feed, that they are now trying to walk back.

AMP letter

We are a community of individuals who have a significant interest in the development and health of the World Wide Web (“the Web”), and we are deeply concerned about Accelerated Mobile Pages (“AMP”), a Google project that purportedly seeks to improve the user experience of the Web.

In fact, AMP keeps users within Google’s domain and diverts traffic away from other websites for the benefit of Google. At a scale of billions of users, this has the effect of further reinforcing Google’s dominance of the Web.

Read the full letter at (via Hacker News)