Tuesday, December 27, 2016

For my Facebook using students.
The tool is called Predictive World and the premise is simple: log in using your Facebook account and it will pull information based on your profile.  (You can choose the more anonymous route and only enter your age and gender, but your predictions will be less accurate.)
After everything is analyzed, you’ll be able to explore dozens of statistics and predictions, including your life expectancy, your risk of being murdered in the next decade, how likely you are to take career risks, and even your entrepreneurial potential.
All of this is a collaborative project between the University of Cambridge and Watch Dogs 2, a game that explores the dangers of an increasingly interconnected world.

For my Computer Security students.

I’ll have to ask my students how augmented reality improves chats.
How One Israeli Tech Start-Up Could Change Snapchat As We Know It
Snapchat, a California-based messaging app platform, is set to buy Israeli augmented reality start-up Cimagine Media.
Cimagine created a technology — True Markerless Augmented Reality — that allows users to preview furniture and appliances they wish to purchase by virtually placing the objects in their homes via a mobile app.
   Experts note that while Cimagine has impressive technologies, it is likely their employees’ skills that drew Snapchat’s attention.

I’ll start adding these to my AI file.  Someday I hope to write an AI servant to do this for me.
Apple Publishes Its First Artificial Intelligence Paper
Apple has published its very first AI paper on December 22. (The paper was submitted for publication on November 15.)  The paper describes a technique for how to improve the training of an algorithm's ability to recognize images using computer-generated images rather than real-world images.  [Because ‘real’ is so unpredictable.  Bob] 

For my students who had better be researching! 
Anatomy of Scholarly Information Behavior Patterns in Wake of Social Media
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Dec 26, 2016
Anatomy of Scholarly Information Behavior Patterns in the Wake of Social Media. Hamed Alhoori, Richard Furuta, Mohammed Samaka, Edward A. Fox.
“As more scholarly content is being born digital or digitized, digital libraries are becoming increasingly vital to researchers leveraging scholarly big data for scientific discovery.  Given the abundance of scholarly products-especially in environments created by the advent of social networking services-little is known about international scholarly information needs, information-seeking behavior, or information use.  This paper aims to address these gaps by conducting an in-depth analysis of researchers in the United States and Qatar; learn about their research attitudes, practices, tactics, strategies, and expectations; and address the obstacles faced during research endeavors.  Based on this analysis, the study identifies and describes new behavior patterns on the part of researchers as they engage in the information-seeking process.  The analysis reveals that the use of academic social networks has remarkable effects on various scholarly activities.  Further, this study identifies differences between students and faculty members in regard to their use of academic social networks, and it identifies differences between researchers according to discipline.  The researchers who participated in the present study represent a range of disciplinary and cultural backgrounds.  However, the study reports a number of similarities in terms of the researchers’ scholarly activities.  Finally, the study illuminates some of the implications for the design of research platforms.”

For my Ethical Hacking students.
Public HTTP API for software developers to search geolocation of IP addresses
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Dec 26, 2016
freegeoip.net provides a public HTTP API for software developers to search the geolocation of IP addresses.  It uses a database of IP addresses that are associated to cities along with other relevant information like time zone, latitude and longitude.  You’re allowed up to 10,000 queries per hour by default.  Once this limit is reached, all of your requests will result in HTTP 403, forbidden, until your quota is cleared.  The freegeoip web server is free and open source so if the public service limit is a problem for you, download it and run your own instance.”

(Related).  This is ‘deep web’ not ‘dark web.’  Mr. Zillman’s lists are always impressive!
New on LLRX – Deep Web Research and Discovery Resources 2017
by Sabrina I. Pacifici on Dec 26, 2016
Via LLRX.com – Deep Web Research and Discovery Resources 2017 – This report and guide by internet guru Marcus P. Zillman provides researchers with a comprehensive and wide ranging bibliography of “deep web” data, information, documents, code, papers, applications and cutting edge tools.  They may be used individually, in groups and in combination, as key drivers to build approaches and queries to harness knowledge and information services that create strategic, actionable results for your clients, users and customers, across all communities of best practice.

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