Clo: mother, teacher, girl geek and tech optimist. Author of « Digital Marketing like a PRO », the handbook for anyone with a digital pulse. Lazy sins: enjoys listening to podcasts while taking a bubble bath. And hopes AI will do her groceries.
I’m spending my days recording, editing and publishing educational videos. The only thing that’s more challenging is doing the writing for the scripts. But I’ll get there. How are things on your side?
The New York Times
– Jun 17, 3:00 AM
The police in China are collecting blood samples from men and boys from across the country to build a genetic map of its roughly 700 million males, giving the authorities a powerful new tool for their emerging high-tech surveillance state. They…
Clo WillaertsThe police in China are collecting blood samples from men and boys from across the country to build a genetic map of its roughly 700 million males, giving the authorities a powerful tool for their high-tech surveillance state.
Even children are pressed into giving blood.
If you have someone’s DNA information, you have information not only about who they are, but also e.g. their potential to become violent or get a particular type of disease.
Cities are reopening. Lockdowns are lifting. And some people are starting to feel they can glimpse a return, however slow and partial, back to “normal.” But the pandemic has changed us. Although being on lockdown has been pretty…
Clo WillaertsExcellent overview from Vox on habits that people want to keep post-lockdown. More working from home is an obvious one on that list, but there are also some thoughts about less consumerism and slowing down.
For the next few months, visitors to the Atlanta Botanical Garden's Canopy Walk will be able to watch the testing of a new high-tech tool in the battle to save some of the world's most endangered species. SlothBot is a slow-moving and…
Clo WillaertsSlothBot is a slow-moving and energy-efficient robot that can linger in the trees to monitor animals, plants, and the environment below.
Come for the cuteness, stay for quotes like “SlothBot embraces slowness as a design principle”.
Researchers aiming to quantify global happiness on social media have called the period starting on 26 May “the saddest two weeks” on Twitter. Chris Danforth and Peter Dodds, applied mathematicians at the University of Vermont in…
Clo WillaertsIn May, the hedonometer — a system that indicates general happiness based on a sampling of tweets — registered the saddest week on record.
Soft, edible robots that mimic real organisms could find a use as way to deliver drugs to animals. That is just one potential application of a new material made from biodegradable gel. “The question is, could we develop a material that is at…
Clo WillaertsResearchers from Johannes Kepler University in Australia built a robotic elephant trunk from an edible and biodegradable gel. The edible robot is a step forward for building child-friendly toys.
On a side note: this elephant head looks awesome!
I tested how the 1000 most popular Chrome extensions affect browser performance. The main metrics I'll consider are CPU consumption, memory consumption, and whether the extension makes pages render more slowly. Let's start by looking at the 100…
Clo WillaertsThe only thing I missed when switching from laptops to just my iPad were the Chrome browser plugins. But now that I’ve seen this list, I’m all over that.
A few years ago, sitting beneath shade trees in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., I had a two-hour discussion with Bob Dylan that touched on Malcolm X, the French Revolution, Franklin Roosevelt and World War II. At one juncture, he asked me what I knew about…
Clo WillaertsBob Dylan is 79, but says in this interview with New York Times he's not thinking about his own mortality: 'I think about the death of the human race. The long, strange trip of the naked ape.'
This year's report reveals new insights about digital news consumption based on a YouGov survey of over 74,000 online news consumers in 37 countries including the US and UK. The report focuses on the issues of trust and misinformation, new online…
Clo WillaertsFrom the latest Reuters Institute Digital News Report:
“As the coronavirus spreads uncertainty, news media have rarely been more important nor more vulnerable”.
Biggest trend that accelerated during the pandemic is the erosion of trust.