There is nothing more embarrassing than sharing or forwarding something you think is true and then being criticized because whoever received it knows better and thinks you are an idiot.
When I worked for a multinational company, I used to send out an email newsletter of things that I found interesting and relevant to our work. As long as I forwarded something about my company that wasn’t even remotely true because I didn’t verify the source, people were fine with it. That was the end of my newsletter, and suddenly I had a whole lot of executives convinced I was an idiot. This didn’t do my career any good.
This was before we had the internet, though we had email, and things have gotten worse since then. Now we can announce our stupidity not only to our boss and colleagues but to family, friends and thousands of people we have never met on social media.
None of us have time to research or fact-check every piece of information that comes our way. If you’re like me, you find a lot of things that aren’t true.
Today, fake news covers politics, medicine, investing, cryptocurrencies, science, and even dating (here’s a boy in Oregon using dating apps to kidnap and rape women). Also, there are frequent competent attempts to trick us into providing information that could result in identity theft.
How do you fix this problem? OtherWeb is a fascinating effort to help people access the truth, not by moderating fake news, but by helping you fact-check it yourself, so you can determine whether or not the information is fake as you process it. are part of.
Let’s explore the otherweb this week. Then we’ll end with our product of the week: a new smartphone from Samsung that’s a cut above the rest when it comes to video making.
Right now, one of the problems with fake news is that many people use that designation for anything they disagree with or feel bad about when the term should only be used when the news is false or misleading. Are. Furthermore, there is often disagreement as to whether a piece of information is incorrect.
For example, there are a number of stories that indicate that Earth’s core has not only stopped rotating but may have started rotating backwards — and recently, another credible source says it’s all BS. Is. Now, if you’ve seen any of the movies that suggest the event will end the world, having the Earth’s core spin backwards is certainly scary.
Recently, I read an article on Forbes that argued that all other articles are BS because the people who wrote them didn’t understand the study they based their articles on. Can you imagine casually bringing up this topic with someone you were trying to impress, only to have that Forbes article shoved in your face with the implication that you are clueless?
I’m not saying that either situation is perfect, though, since while we’re still here, the “end of the world” scenario looks off the table (good news for a Monday). But had you known both articles existed, you could have nuanced your comment, chosen another topic, or taken a side and made a more credible argument – repeating fake news Rather than getting caught, even if you heard it from what some consider to be a false reliable news source.
An obvious improvement is to stop bringing up topics you don’t directly know about. Sometimes, it just seems like the safest route. But we still make decisions based on what we read, so knowing the risks of taking what we read as truth allows us to make better choices not only about what we share but how we share it. meets.
other web solutions
That’s what Otherweb attempts to do. It’s a news-focused network like Twitter, but with an emphasis on making sure you have the information you need to determine whether a story is true. It allows you to choose trusted sources to build your feed, and it uses transformative AI to scan relevant pieces of news and correct headlines.
How many times have you clicked on a link on Google thinking the story interested you, only to find that the title has nothing to do with the content?
Otherweb also summarizes the article in bullet form so you have a brief overview on the content, which can save you from wasting your time on the site, and you can use the sliding bar to see what type of content you want. .
Unlike most other such services, which use someone else’s search engine (usually Google), OtherWeb has its own, and at least for now, it is not ad-funded, so search results are not included in the list. The medium has neither the desire nor the need to optimize advertising revenue. , You get close to what you want to find without having to dig through all those paid and prioritized results that make your search that much harder.
Be aware that, at present, Otherweb has not worked out its revenue model and will wait until its user base grows to critical mass before surveying it to figure out how to monetize the service. This means the firm is limited in terms of funding, and there will be changes that may include fees to use the service or advertising to fund it. This will probably end up as some kind of hybrid model where you can choose to pay and use the service without ads or get the service for free but with annoying ads.
The OtherWeb will never be the financial powerhouse that Google is, but given its differentiator is accurate news, it should be able to better balance the needs of advertisers with the needs of users. I would still recommend paying for the service to remove the possibility of your results being contaminated by any attempt to maximize advertising revenue.
In my business, fake news is a career-ender, so I’m always on the lookout for services and sources that can help me identify and avoid it.
Right after 9/11, I saw “Loose Change,” a very well done conspiracy video that argues convincingly that the US was behind the attack on the twin towers. I almost became a believer because I had never seen such a well made fake story. Luckily, the one person I spoke to about it immediately set me straight, and I haven’t written a column that will forever make me an idiot. But it was a very close call.
While still in its infancy, it seems that Otherweb does a pretty good job of helping me determine if a story is fake, thus protecting my reputation from otherwise silly mistakes.
Another interesting aspect of this service is that it is completely open-source and collaborative. So that anyone wanting to do something similar but with a different spin can do so, showing that the people behind this app are less interested in revenue than in fixing the fake news problem.
Check out otherwebs if you get a chance. Log-in is required, so you must sign up with the site in order to use the service. We have very few people and companies focused on making the world a better place, and I want to see that change.
Maybe you too can avoid that next embarrassing moment where you face criticism for repeating a fake news story you didn’t know, but you should have known, was a hoax.
samsung galaxy s23 ultra
Samsung is an interesting company and one of the few that has the potential to compete with Apple head-on. To date, Samsung has underperformed its potential because making its stuff work together doesn’t seem to be a priority, at least for now. I think this was the big news at the Samsung Galaxy Unpacked event last week. It’s started working “better together”, and it’s doing it better than Apple.
The difference is that Samsung products still work with other vendors’ products but still work better with other Samsung products, whereas, often, similar offerings from Apple Only Apple products that substantially limit Apple’s total addressable market (TAM).
For example, the Apple Watch, which is still the best smartwatch on the market, won’t work with Android phones, which limits the TAM for that watch to about one-third of what it might otherwise be. Samsung usually avoids that limitation, and its smartwatches are catching up to Apple’s.
But Samsung really hit it hardest last week with its Galaxy S23 Ultra. The picture and video quality of this new phone can output up to 200 megapixels for photos and 8K and 30 fps for videos, which is in line with professional cameras and can be used on almost any kind of high quality professional-grade camera. Can be used to make movies and pictures. Light.
Samsung Galaxy S23 Ultra will be available on February 17, 2023. (Image credit: Samsung)
Its seamless connection to laptops, especially the Book3 series announced at the event, will make a professional photographer take notice because they’re transferring RAW files, not the compressed files you usually end up with. I was a professional photographer, and even my experts couldn’t do what this phone could do.
The Galaxy S23 Ultra has a Pro-Video mode that opens up all the settings. Assuming you know what you are doing, this allows you to create amazing pictures; If you don’t, it uses AI to do all that for you. I’m pretty sure a non-photographer with this phone could go way beyond what I could do as a pro at the time.
decent mechanical digital image stabilization, advanced high-speed focusing, nightography to take great pictures in low light, and the fact that it uses Qualcomm’s most advanced technology which is a processor solution designed jointly with Samsung As it appears, this phone really stands out. Outside.
The performance jump compared to last year’s phone is pretty extreme, too, with a 34% jump in CPU performance, a 49% jump in NPU performance (AI), and a 41% jump in graphics, making it a gaming flagship. Smartphones and showcasing is a big part of it. How far has it come. Oh, and it has a 1,750-nit display that’s huge and should allow you to do things in bright sunlight that you can’t do with your current phone.
Granted, as you’d expect, it’s not cheap to date, with a list price of just under $1,200, but if my heart doesn’t have lust for this phone, this is my product of the week.
Well, I’ve been impressed with the amount Samsung spends on launch events in the past, but less impressed with the execution. Samsung executed this latest launch event almost perfectly, and credit goes to the team that prepared it. They spent more time pointing out why you want a certain feature than device speed and feed, which has always been a best practice. Nicely done! it’s worth seeing.
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