1. Cambridge Scandal Data Scientist Apologizes
Aleksandr Kogan, the data scientist at the heart of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, has apologized for his role in the scandal, but believes he’s being singled out. He pointed fingers at former Cambridge data partner, Joseph Chancellor, saying he now works at Facebook and isn’t being blamed as well. However, Kogan apologizes for thinking in the first place it was okay for people to give away their data. “Back then we thought it was fine. Right now my opinion has really been changed,” said Kogan. At the time, he believed he was doing everything correctly and admits he wouldn’t have done anything to destroy his relationship with Facebook.
2. Wikipedia Adds a Feature for Faster Browsing
Wikipedia is adding Page Previews to allow users to digest knowledge faster. “With Page Previews, whenever a reader hovers over a link to another article, a short summary of the subject and an image (if available) is displayed,” as explained on the Page Preview Wikipedia page.
“The user can then decide whether they wish to visit that subject more thoroughly before continuing with the current article.” It eliminates the need to open several tabs to understand a subject. Now you can learn everything you wanted to know about Cardi B and her inspiration behind mixtape Gangsta Bitch Music, Vol. 2. with just a hover… Cardi B is a top 3 search on Wikipedia this week, so if you aren’t a Millennial you might want to learn who she is.
3. Earth Day Summed Up
Happy Belated Earth Day!
Yesterday, a lot of sobering reminders were sent out, encouraging everyone to give back to the planet.
A few things we’ve learned in the past year:
1) By 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean by weight.
2) Between 10,000 to 100,000 species go extinct every year. However, over 85 have been discovered and a few have bounced back.
3) Greenland’s ice sheet suddenly started melting 80 percent faster.
4) Seagrass in the Chesapeake Bay is starting to regrow, covering more than 42K acres, the highest cover in a century, due to human activity.
5) Natural disasters across 2017 caused at least $306 billion in damages across the US, making it the costliest year on record.
6) We’re getting closer to finding another Earth.
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