Category: Type-Website

Seeing AI: Microsoft’s smartphone app for enhancing the world for the visually impaired

VIDEO: A free app that uses a smartphone to narrate the world around you. Designed for the visually impaired, this research product from Microsoft harnesses the power of artificial intelligence and the cloud to describe people, text, objects and more. The app turns the visual world into an audible experience.

SOURCE: Microsoft

Unsplash: a single stop for guaranteed free-to-use, high quality images

UTILITY: All photos published on Unsplash can be used for free. You can use them for commercial and noncommercial purposes. You do not need to ask permission from or provide credit to the photographer or Unsplash, although it is appreciated when possible. Over 200,000 free (do whatever you want) high-resolution photos brought to you by the world’s most generous community of photographers.

SOURCE: Unsplash

Prism: A tool for collaborative interpretation of texts

UTILITY/ WEBSITE: Prism is a tool for “crowdsourcing interpretation.” Users are invited to provide an interpretation of a text by highlighting words according to different categories, or “facets.” Each individual interpretation then contributes to the generation of a visualization which demonstrates the combined interpretation of all the users. We envision Prism as a tool for both pedagogical use and scholarly exploration, revealing patterns that exist in the subjective experience of reading a text.


CleverPDF: Powerful and free online PDF tools

UTILITY/ WEBSITE: PDF files are the de facto standard for managing documents on all electronic networks. This website provides PDF conversion and editing tools online, for free, so PDF users can easily deal with the daily task all in a web browser.CleverPDF offers 19 processes: converters to and from various document editors and a range of utilities for manipulating files. This site is a definite must for your tool box.


Hacker News — don’t let the title scare you. A treasure trove of good reads

WEBSITE: Y Combinator, one of the best known Silicon Valley accelerators, launched an internal side project in 2007 that would end up becoming highly influential in a different and surprising way. Its user-powered news aggregator called Hacker News, which is now visited by 20 million people per month, has become a mainstay for entrepreneurs, tech professionals, and venture capitalists around the world. Using a Reddit-like interface, users can upvote and downvote articles that they think have the most relevance to trends and issues affecting the tech sector.

The user interface is nerdy in the extreme: absolutely bereft of anything that smells even faintly of frills. Although the articles are centred around the tech space, there is a whole treasure trove of interesting stuff that the users throw up. Hacker News is a total delight.

SOURCE: Hacker News

Iris.AI: your discovery assistant for mining the immense lode of scientific knowledge

WEBSITE/ UTILITY: Iris.AI is an Artificial Intelligence that starts out as a Science Assistant; helping you find the science you need. Over time she will learn, slowly but surely becoming a Scientist herself.

if we could only read and understand all of the scientific data humans have created, not to mention connecting the dots in that data, we’d have solutions to a number of pressing problems already! Our human brains are sadly limited in this endeavour – however, machines are not. We are building Iris.AI so she can do it for us. As the first step in our journey towards that goal, we are creating a tool that gives all knowledge seekers a shortcut to the most relevant research.

Iris AI will read all of the world’s research and help us connect the dots.


SCRATCH: drag-and-drop coding tool from MIT — for children, but adults are welcome too

WEBSITE/ UTILITY: Scratch, now in its tenth year, is a project of the Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab. It is provided free of charge. Students can use Scratch to code their own interactive stories, animations, and games. In the process, they learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively — essential skills for everyone in today’s society.

SOURCE: Scratch

WikiTribune: Wikipedia’s founder, Jimmy Wales, hits back at the scourge of fake news

WEBSITE: As traditional print journalism declined with the growth of the Internet, we have been watching the explosion and pervasive nature of a concomitant evil: fake news. As a response to this urgent need, Jimmy Wales, the founder of Wikipedia, has launched WikiTribune. It is a news platform that brings journalists and a community of volunteers together with a manifesto that states:

– We want to make sure that you read fact-based articles that have a real impact in both local and global events.
– We’re developing a living, breathing tool that’ll present accurate information with real evidence, so that you can confidently make up your own mind.
– In most news sites, the community tends to hang at the bottom of articles in comments that serve little purpose. We believe the community can play a more important role in news. Wikitribune puts community at the top, literally.
– WikiTribune is 100% ad-free, no one’s relying on clicks to appease advertisers; no one’s got a vested interest in anything other than giving you real news.
– There’s no paywall, so anyone can read Wikitribune.
– Anyone can flag or fix an article and submit it for review.

SOURCE: WikiTribune

SlideBot: stunning visual rendering of your slide decks, created automatically

UTILITY:Here’s an antidote to death by PowerPoint. Don’t use words and bullet lists to convey your ideas; use memorable visuals. SlideBot does just that. You type in the main idea for a slide and, using its AI engine, it pulls up eye-popping pictures to go with the idea. You can edit, enhance and alter the slides easily with a very simple toolbar. The catch: a monthly subscription of $17. Play with it anyway to get some good ideas for your next slide presentation.

SOURCE: SlideBot

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