Category: Type-Website

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

Want to get paid to receive emails? Sign up with Nextio

WEBSITE:Your attention is a scarce resource. With Nextio, senders must attach money to promotional messages to indicate their value for your attention. You set your price and 80% of the money goes to you (or to a charity of your choosing) when you reply. Nextio lets you specify your messaging preferences – people and topics you are interested in hearing about. These preferences are visible to senders up front and they must comply to send free professional messages.

SOURCE: Nextio

Chronas: takes history, adds a layer of geography, mixes in Wikipedia and delivers delight

WEBSITE: The Internet made “geography, history”. Chronas, an innovative new website, does the reverse: adds a layer of geography to historical accounts, thereby putting history in fresh perspective. Clever use of graphics combined with the vast resources of Wikipedia makes a recipe for an enchanting experience. The name is a combination of Chronos and Atlas indicating the chronological and cartographical approach of the history application. Look into it.

The Perspective: a new website that presents both sides of every story

WEBSITE: While the web was meant to broaden our horizons, the opposite has happened. Social media’s filter bubbles, a fragmented media landscape, fake news, click baits and the drive to personalization have all narrowed our views.

Through its mission to open minds, The Perspective seeks to counter the growing polarization that people all over the world are experiencing. We have employed political science, design, psychology and technology to construct various content formats that compose the website’s unique offering. These features will enable readers to consider contradicting views that might otherwise feel threatening. Readers will also get exposed to content they might not otherwise see.

If statistics frighten you, here’s the tool to get over the fear

APPS/ SOFTWARE: Seeing Theory — a visual introduction to probability and statistics — is a project designed and created by Daniel Kunin with support from Brown University’s Royce Fellowship Program. The goal of the project is to make statistics more accessible to a wider range of students through interactive visualizations. Statistical literacy is essential to our data driven society. Yet, for all the increased importance and demand for statistical competence, the pedagogical approaches in statistics have barely changed. Seeing Theory visualizes the fundamental concepts covered in an introductory college statistics class.

The modules are all interactive and provide an environment in which the user can supply data and review the concerned statistical principle. A thoroughly enjoyable and unique learning experience of what is usually considered a dry discipline.

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