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Storytelling, articles and news on the ways innovations change us.

4 December 2018
Asia, China

Paying for Fried Chicken with the Face: A Journey around the Biometric Landscape in China

A customer orders crispy fried chicken using one of the screens at a Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) in Shenzhen. At the digital menu, there are pictures of the products and pricing information: a lip-smacking chicken bucket for 39 yuan (almost 5 euro), two chicken burgers plus a chicken bucket for 69 yuan (8.7 euro). After […]
Lola García-Ajofrín
29 October 2018
Mexico, North America, South America

Even Bill Gates uses Duolingo to learn languages

Duolingo has got a lot of heat lately overseas. The online platform has been offering free language learning around the world for seven years. It has become possible because all courses are created in cooperation with volunteers. , the co-initiator of the project, says – During the first three years of operation we have provided […]
Honorata Zapaśnik
25 October 2018
Asia, China

China Is Using Facial Recognition To Catch Jaywalkers

On Huaihai Street, a large shopping street in downtown Shanghai, a large LED screen on the sidewalk displays the image of a motorist who has skipped the red traffic light. There are four stripes on the screen, as if it were a comic, with the precise moment of the infraction and the extended image of […]
Lola García-Ajofrín
11 September 2018
Asia, China

Inside a Cashless Society (almost)

In China, a pan, the energy bill or a kiwi from a street vendor are paid with the mobile phone. Over half a billion Chinese use the smartphone for their daily purchases.
Lola García-Ajofrín
16 August 2018
North America, South America, Venezuela

U.A.Vs. carrying explosive charges attacked the President of Venezuela

A week ago a drone attack caused panic during a military ceremony in Caracas, Venezuela. Nicolás Maduro, the Venezuelan President, claims, he was the aim of the attack. Seven soldiers were injured. According to the Venezuelan government, the President of Colombia is the one to blame.
Honorata Zapaśnik
26 July 2018

On a big story like the Helsinki Trump/Putin summit, Google News’ algorithm isn’t up to the task

The algorithm that ranks content can make some truly strange decisions. What set of signals is Google News looking for?
12 July 2018

“In 2018, coherence is bad journalism, bordering on malpractice.” Here’s how to do better (with some help from conflict mediators)

“The goal is not to wash away the conflict; it’s to help people wade in and out of the muck (and back in again) with their humanity intact.”
28 June 2018

These are the three types of bias that explain all the fake news, pseudoscience, and other junk in your News Feed

Indiana University researchers “have found that steep competition for users’ limited attention means that some ideas go viral despite their low quality — even when people prefer to share high-quality content.”
21 June 2018

After years of growth, the use of social media for news is falling across the world

But messaging apps are picking up the slack, the Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism finds in its 2018 Digital News Report.
7 June 2018

People Want to Know About People

Environment journalism fails when we forget about people