05 May 2019

Sunday Sundries

Miscellaneous items I found of interest during the week.

How AI could be used to record our life stories
Memory Lane is a pilot project in Stockholm running on a stock Google Home speaker. It asks questions and over the course of a natural conversation will piece together a highly detailed story of your life. When it’s done, you have an audio recording or a printed book that can be shared with family and friends. Release as a free app for Google Home and Amazon Alexa is in the future.

Hard to Believe
Try telling the kids that Instructions to Commissioners and Enumerators are not dry reading. LAC's Sara Chatfield makes the case that for the genealogist they aren't.

Should We 3D Map Our Cemeteries?
Why not?

Etchings of Old London

Reading between the tree rings
A New York Times long read.

The Backstreet Boys Test with MyHeritage DNA
The PR folks at MyHeritage are at it again. It's interesting to see the demographics the different companies target.

How one country (Ireland) blocks the world on data privacy

Abram Games and the power of the poster
Abram Games was 'Official War Poster Artist' during the Second World War (1939-45). Always direct, and occasionally controversial, his posters have left a legacy that continues to influence the art of persuasion used by visual designers today.

How to stop climate change: six ways to make the world a better place
Consider your genealogy-related air travel. How far did you travel by air in the past year? According to myclimate an Ottawa / Toronto round trip averages 0.255 tons of CO2 per passenger; Chicago / Salt Lake City 0.8 tons, and Toronto / London England 2.1 tons.  Don't kid yourself, to reach the environmentally sustainable annual emission per person for all activities of 3 tons means major changes in lifestyle.

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