Weekly Web Harvest for 2022-01-02
- Tech Startup Wants To Gamify Suing People Using Crypto Tokens
The new company plans to let everyday Americans bet on civil lawsuits by buying and trading associated crypto tokens in “initial litigation offerings.”
- The Website Obesity Crisis
“This poignant story of two foods touching on a hospital plate could almost have been written by Marcel Proust, for whom the act of dipping a morsel of cake in a cup of tea was the starting point for an expanding spiral of vivid recollections, culminating in the realization, nine volumes and 3 megabytes of handwritten prose later, that time and memory themselves are only an illusion.
“This is part of a regrettable trend, made possible by faster networks, of having ‘hero images’ whose only purpose is for people to have something to scroll past.”
- Faculty Spotlight: Math Professor Is UVA Swimming’s Secret Weapon
With an advanced degree in accounting, DeSorbo is no stranger to numbers. But in a sport like swimming, it can be difficult to know how to make use of the data.
“A lot of coaches are overwhelmed with the amount of data that we get,” DeSorbo said. “You get it, but you don’t always know how to translate it into what we’re doing in the water. The best thing about Dr. Ono is that he has enough awareness of the sport to be able to explain the data in a way that we can apply it.”
- 90 Day Fiance star selling farts in a jar for £38k a week hospitalised
Her clients will no longer be able to own the physical jar of Stephanie’s gas, but they will be able to purchase them as digital artworks on the blockchain.
- he tells her
He tells her that the Earth is flat—
He knows the facts, and that is that.
In altercations fierce and long
She tries her best to prove him wrong.
But he has learned to argue well.
He calls her arguments unsound
And often asks her not to yell.
She cannot win. He stands his ground.
The planet goes on being round.
- Poetry by Marianne Moore – Poetry Poem
‘imaginary gardens with real toads in them’
- Accessibility | 2021 | The Web Almanac by HTTP Archive
Every year the internet grows—as of January 2021 there are 4.66 billion active internet users. Unfortunately, accessibility is not substantially improving alongside this growth as we’ll see throughout this chapter. As our reliance on internet solutions increases, so does the alienation of people who do not have equal access to the web.
- Ultra high resolution photo
This is the largest and most detailed photo ever taken of a work of art. It is 717 gigapixels, or 717,000,000,000 pixels, in size.
The distance between two pixels is 5 micrometres (0.005 millimetre), which means that one pixel is smaller than a human red blood cell.
The team used a 100-megapixel Hasselblad H6D 400 MS-camera to make 8439 individual photos measuring 5.5cm x 4.1cm. Artificial intelligence was used to stitch these smaller photographs together to form the final large image, with a total file size of 5.6 terabytes.
h/t Stephen Downes
- Mike Bird on Twitter: “The US approach to professional sport is so funny. In socialist Europe the best teenage footballers rightly get millions of dollars per year, nobody grumbles that they don’t have enough love of the game to do a years-long dangerous
- Georgia election: America’s anti-democratic Senate, in one number – Vox
Once Warnock and Ossoff take their seats, the Democratic half of the Senate will represent 41,549,808 more people than the Republican half.
- Digital signage, blockchain head to the restroom | Digital Signage Today
The key underlying technology in the VODXS faucet is blockchain. The blockchain is essentially a decentralized ledger that can securely record immutable data. The faucet itself takes the impressions and interaction data from a person washing their hands and records that data on the blockchain.
“Every VODXS faucet is connected directly to the blockchain, and as soon as this presence is noted, the faucet puts this information into a transaction on the network. Nodes pick up these user presence indicators and validate whether the indication is likely to be confirmed,” Mardikian said.
The blockchain platform also uses AI to identify ineffective or fraudulent ads with “real time monitoring of user interactions.”
- Abigail Thorn on Twitter: “Guy in Plato’s Cave: “Okay but what if I owned one of these shadows on the wall, with the blockchain?”” / Twitter
Guy in Plato’s Cave: “Okay but what if I owned one of these shadows on the wall, with the blockchain?”