Anyone trying to follow the situation in North Korea the past few months might be feeling the pangs of whiplash. Today, these two headlines existed on a single webpage hosted by www.foxnews.com. From this news feed it appears North Korea has managed to back down and level new threats in the same moment.
Per the laws of physics, us humans live in a relativistic world. Is the hill small or large? An answer depends on where the subject of the question is standing in relation to said hill. New information is always colored by some aspect of physical perspective. "Did you hear John is going to quit," one brand of office gossip might go around. "No, where did you hear that," is a natural and common answer to such untested news.
This month, Grapple business manager Alex Vogal and myself have been on a three-week tour of European tech conferences, brought on by our successful entry in the Bringing Science and Technology Closer to People competition in March. We started June 1 through 3 at Pioneers Festival, in Vienna, and are wrapping up our trip his weekend at Viva Technology, in Paris.
Even if you haven't grown a mustache, or stocked up on paisley shirts, news out of Washington this week might have you feeling that 1970s funk. Plenty have rushed to compare Donald Trump's termination of FBI Director James Comey to Richard Nixon's Saturday Night Massacre, when the president fired Archibald Cox. (Cox was the special prosecutor investigating the Watergate burglary in 1973. Nixon resigned pending indictment in the break-in about one year later.)
I read four different stories in five different publications today about Donald Trump struggling to keep control of things in the White House. They all portrayed a man who was errant, frustrated and whimsical.
The "pee tape" is a reference to part of a British intelligence agent's dossier publicized several months ago claiming Russian intelligence had a video tape of Trump paying prostitutes to urinate on his bed at a Moscow hotel. Former FBI director Jim Comey, on his way home after finding out on television that he'd been FIRED by Donald Trump, POTUS, tweeted the following, according to some dude (dudette) on twitter:
Grapple's fake news fact checking software is about to collide with the upper echelons of the tech business. Tuesday beckons Collision Conference, a three day New Orleans exposition featuring startup companies, Fortune 500 CEOs and some of the brightest minds in technology fields ranging from artificial intelligence to big data to social networking. Grapple will be attending the international conference as part of the Alpha entry program, which affords promising startups discounted admission and a suite of services to foster connections with human resources, investors and business partnerships.
There were about 10 million new articles published online since Monday, and a great number of them weren't fact checked before authors clicked publish. That's what Grapple is here for. As we continue to build a company to develop automated fact checking software, we will keep tabs on the most widely spread falsehoods and half-troths found on the web and social media this week.
Is the United States on the verge of war with North Korea? Is a U.S. Naval fleet steaming at full speed toward the coast of the so-called hermit kingdom, with militaristic resolve? Headlines in recent weeks paint the two nuclear powers on a collision course, with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un raising the spectre of a missile launch and the United States apparantly gearing up for battle.
United Airlines was off to another turbulent start Monday morning. Less than one week after their viral PR quaff, involving airport security violently dragging a doctor through the aisle of a plane, the nation's most distrusted major airline is yet again in the spotlight. This time: a couple was booted from a flight that was supposed to take them to their own wedding.
Fifteen years ago a friend of mine showed up to school with this thing called an iPod. Being my mother's son, I scoffed at how expensive it was. I had a portable music player, too. It was made by a company called iRiver. It cost $50. My friend's $250 iPod just seemed silly to me in comparison. Boy, was I wrong.
So you left that tea kettle on the stove a little bit too long the other day. The phone rang. Babies cried. Something happened, and your boiling water sat on the stove a bit too long. But has your overheated teapot turned your water into a toxic brew of fluoride, nitrites and heavy metals? According to several articles circulating the web, a pour from a twice-boiled pot of water could be the physiological equivalent of Satan’s liquor.
Social media platforms have made strides in the first three months of the year to develop systems that take aim at fake news and misleading information. They have had plenty of encouragement to that end. Germany's justice minister has threatened social networks with fines for failure to delete or screen what it calls hate content. Given Deutschland's economic prominence (it is the largest consumer market in the European Union), and history of censorship regimes, Facebook has plenty of incentive to heed such a warning.
I presented Grapple’s pitch for artificial intelligence research software for the first time on Thursday, at the annual StrtupBoost Investor Conference. The presentation wasn’t perfect – the computer used to broadcast PowerPoint presentations at the event was unable to render some of our graphics -- but our message was well received.
As we approach our first venture capital conference, Grapple's fake news finding automated research software is starting to take on a more substantial form. Today, in advance of the StrtupBoost Investment Conference on Thursday, we released the first video demonstration of our software concept (posted below). It's short, at 2 minutes and 30 seconds, but it offers the first one-stop coherent demonstration of how Grapple's API would approach a widely spread fake news article.