Beyond Social Media Show, Episode 232
BL and David discuss a Snapchat Lens video game controlled by gum chewing; the Minnesota Public Radio Raccoon who captivated the nation by scaling a 25-story building; the minor league Yankees team fan-named the Staten Island Pizza Rats; restaurant goers paralyzed by choice; the Angela Merkel Instagram G7 post that memed Trump and went globally viral; a great idea for push button customer satisfaction; 13 year-old Courtney Hadwin whose astounding singing voice is Janis Joplin 2.0; rating results for digital assistants; the day Net Neutrality died; ReKognition; a Walking Algorithm…and much, much more.
Best Digital Cases
New Snapchat Lens Games Controlled By Gum Chewing
There’s never been a video game players could control by gum chewing. Thanks to TicTac, there are some on Snapchat now.
A raccoon took a break on Tuesday outside a window on the 23rd floor of UBS Tower in St. Paul, Minn., hours after it began its ascent.
This poor raccoon apparently got itself stranded on a ledge of the Town Square office building in downtown St. Paul, likely on an errant mission to raid pigeon nests on the skyway over 7th Street. It's been there for two days now, without food or water. @mprnews pic.twitter.com/fVI5pmdCWq
— Tim Nelson (@timnelson_mpr) June 12, 2018
Staten Island Pizza Rats
The Staten Island Yankees announced that they’ll have a new fan chosen name this season – The Staten Island Pizza Rats. Guess who inspired the name?
Paralyzed By Choice
Restaurants are increasingly driving patrons down a rapid assembly line featuring a giant array of possibilities, some a little obscure.
Angela Merkel’s Viral G-7 Instagram Post
German Prime Minister Angela Merkel posted a photo in her Instagram account that instantly summed up the G7 Summit, immediately went viral and inspired memes.
“Just tell us what Vladimir has on you. Maybe we can help.” pic.twitter.com/DLc7YJFXqT
— Guy Verhofstadt (@guyverhofstadt) June 10, 2018
This looks like an episode of Celebrity Apprentice where Trump is about to fire Angela Merkel because her strudel marketing plan fell through. pic.twitter.com/ZLYlaDrNts
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) June 10, 2018
Push Button Satisfaction
HappyOrNot terminals look simple, but the information they gather is revelatory.
Janis Joplin Re-Incarnated?
Endearingly shy 13 year-old Courtney Hadwin brought “America’s Got Talent” judges and the audience to a standing ovation when she opened her mouth to sing and belted out “Hard to Handle” sensationally.
— America's Got Talent (@AGT) June 13, 2018
Rating Personal Digital Assistants
Stone Temple asked Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Microsoft Cortana and Apple Siri 5000 questions each to find out which was best at answering them.
Worst Digital Cases
The Day the Internet Died
We knew it was coming, but the FCC declared the end of Net Neutrality and consumers stand to suffer. Good news: states are fighting back.
- Net Neutrality Has Officially Been Repealed. Here’s How That Could Affect You.
- How Net Neutrality Actually Ended Long Before This Week
Fix the technology before implementing systems can have real and permanent effects over peoples lives.
- Amazon is selling police departments a real-time facial recognition system
- Amazon Teams Up With Government to Deploy Dangerous New Facial Recognition Technology
- Orlando Police scramble to defend Amazon facial recognition pilot
- Amazon is selling facial recognition to law enforcement — for a fistful of dollars
- Amazon and Google Are Cultivating Quiet Ties With Police and Military. That’s Becoming a Big Problem
- Tech Firms Move To Put Ethical Guard Rails Around AI
- Episode 156: Beauty.ai
- Photo Algorithms ID White Men Just Fine, Black Women Not So Much
- Scientists develop AI systems that can identify people by analysing how they walk
Shiny New Stuff
Face App Uses Neural Networks to Change Your Look
Face App uses AI to offer six filters: Smile, Hot, Young, Old, Male, and Female that can change the expression, and the age, of your selfie. The same person is shown in four filters, below.