Curating the Internet: Science and technology digest for April 3, 2020

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ResoluteAI announces new product for enterprise search of scientific concepts; Critics argue that bug bounty programs are being abused in a way that conflicts with labor law and public safety; A robotic dog learned to walk with data from real dogs; A TED talk describes what it's like to have autism; and a Steem essay tells us about a new "Teach From Home" initiative that's funded by


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  1. Research Tool Creates Metadata for Scientific Content - In this post, ResoluteAI discusses their new enterprise search offering, Nebula. The product focuses on scientific content, and the article explains that it can ingest many different formats of content from any local or cloud storage platform and use it to create "precision metadata" that can connect related ideas, concepts, and discoveries throughout the enterprise. The CEO of the company is quoted as saying,
    Nebula deploys domain-specific artificial intelligence on the institutional knowledge that is mission critical to science-driven enterprises
    Nebula lets our clients find, analyze, and visualize their own data that was — until now — unsearchable in existing storage and knowledge management systems.

  2. Bug bounty platforms buy researcher silence, violate labor laws, critics say - This essay begins with the recent high profile example of Zoom, where a security researcher declined to participate in a bug bounty program because it required a non-disclosure agreeement (NDA). Instead, the researcher gave the company 90 days to fix the problem, and then published his findings. It then goes on to argue that many bug bounty programs have turned security on its head by buying the silence of the people who discover the vulnerabilities. The article claims five key takeaways from a recent study: (i) Bug bounties use NDAs to buy researchers' silence; (ii) Every organization should have a vulnerability disclosure program (VDP). Most don't need bug bounties; (iii) Bug bounties may violate the EU's GPDR and California's labor law; (iv) VDPs cannot be entirely outsourced; (v) Unpatched vulnerabilities that result from the use of NDAs in bug bounty programs contributes to a public safety issue. -h/t Bruce Schneier

  3. Google taught this robotic dog to learn new tricks by imitating a real one - Researchers at Google fixed sensors to a live dog and used them to capture motion data. Then, using that data, they constructed simulations of a series of maneuvers including trot and side-step. Next, they matched together joints of the simulated dog so that it moved in similar fashion to the actual dog where the data were collected. Finally, they ported the control algorithm from the simulated dog-robot to an actual dog-robot in the lab. The research is important because it creates a new level of agility for robotic maneuvering.

  4. What it's really like to have autism - This TED talk by Ethan Lisi is dated February 2020, and it came across the RSS feed on April 2. Lisi argues that many of the stereotypes about autism are wrong, and that people with autism should be thought of, simply, as people who think differently. He compares it to an attempt to use your XBOX controller in a PlayStation. He goes on to argue that the problem with being autistic in today's society is that modern society is overwhelming in a variety of ways. Loud noises, gooey textures, bright lights, or strong smells can all trigger a sort of sensory overload. The way that people with autism respond to this sensory overload is known as stimming, and it often involves actions like repetitive motions, sounds, or other random fidgeting that may seem abnormal. Because stimming is often frowned upon, people with autism may be forced to hide it, which is called "masking". He goes on to challenge the stereotype that people with autism lack empathy, but says instead that he feels empathy, but is not good at expressing it. More generally, he says that expressing emotions is an all or nothing type of thing, so as with stimming, he usually feels compelled to mask. Here is the conclusion of his talk:
    In his book "NeuroTribes," author Steve Silberman states that autism and other mental conditions should be seen as naturally human, naturally part of a human spectrum and not as defects. And this is something that I agree to completely. If autism was seen as part of a natural human spectrum, then the world could be designed to work better for autistic people. I am not ashamed of my autism. And I may not think like you, or act like you, but I am still human and I am not diseased.

  5. Steem @lanzjoseg: Teaching from home. - As a result of COVID-19 shutdowns, students and teachers around the world are adjusting to a new atmosphere of online learning, or distance learning. Part of this adjustment includes a need for teachers to teach from home. This post introduces us to a new resource center from Google to help teachers make that adjustment. The resource center is called, Teach From Home, and it was created as part of a $50 million investment from and with cooperation and support from "the UNESCO Institute for Information Technology in Education" and other partners. (A 10% beneficiary setting has been applied to this post for @lanzjoseg.)

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