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The Covert World of People Trying to Edit Wikipedia—for Pay

Quotes Sohail Mirza, professor of orthopaedic surgery and of the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, in an article about how some medical device manufacturing companies pay their employees to make favorable edits to Wikipedia entries on surgeries and procedures that mention their products, and sometimes ask doctors with financial ties to their company to request edits to Wikipedia text. Mirza, who is not a proponent of the practice, notes that doctors can grow to prefer the medical devices of certain companies over others as a result of consulting arrangements.

Pushing Back on the Collapse Meme

In his latest post for Inside Higher Ed's "Technology and Learning" blog, Joshua Kim, director of digital learning initiatives at the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL), discusses the prevalence of fiction centered around societal collapse, and how although collapse books make for good fiction, they do not offer a reasonable vision of our future. "Rather than collapse, the future that our students will enjoy will actually be one of options and opportunities," says Kim.

It Just Got Real

Quotes Buddy Teevens '79, the Robert L. Blackman Head Football Coach, in an article about how virtual-reality technology is revolutionizing the sports world and changing the way coaches conduct practice and train both young and veteran players. Dartmouth's football team uses the virtual-reality platform STriVR for immersive performance training, and Teevens praises the technology. "I tried the technology on for the first time, and I was just like, 'Man, this is exactly what I was hoping I would find,'"says Teevens.

The 3 Orthodoxies of Educational Technology

In his latest post for Inside Higher Ed's "Technology and Learning" blog, Joshua Kim, director of digital learning initiatives at the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL), discusses education technology orthodoxies and how they usually go unstated, unspoken, and unchallenged. "So we call the higher ed status quo unsustainable, and look to the power of new technologies … to disrupt and to displace," says Kim.

Dartmouth College's Neukom Institute Now Issuing Turing Tests for Creativity, So Bow Down to Our New Creative Overlords

Mentions the Neukom Institute for Computational Science at Dartmouth's recent launch of artificial intelligence contests and the first Turing test for creativity. For the upcoming academic year, the Neukom Institute plans to hold three competitions: DigiLit, which rewards algorithms able to produce a short story; Poetix, which will accept computer-generated Shakespearean or Petrarchan sonnets; and AlgoRhythms, a dance music Turing test for live DJ-ing.

'Shadow Work,' Social Media and Robots

In his latest post for Inside Higher Ed's "Technology and Learning" blog, Joshua Kim, director of digital learning initiatives at the Dartmouth Center for the Advancement of Learning (DCAL), discusses the book Shadow Work: The Unpaid, Unseen Jobs That Fill Your Day by Craig Lambert and a keynote speech by Audrey Watters, titled "Teaching Machines and Turing Machines: The History of the Future of Labor and Learning," at the Digital Pedagogy Lab Summer Institute, and if we should include our participation in social media as another un

Brain Imaging Breakthrough: 'Brain Signature' Can Predict Emotions With 90% Certainty

Quotes Luke Chang, assistant professor of psychological and brain sciences and lead author of a recently released study on emotions and the way we experience them. The study was able identify a neural signature of negative emotion — a single neural activation pattern, active across the entire brain — that could accurately predict how negatively a person feels toward unpleasant images. "This means that brain imaging has the potential to accurately uncover how someone is feeling without knowing anything about them other than their brain activity," says Chang.

Picture Perfect or Photoshop Fail?

Quotes Hany Farid, professor of computer science, from an interview with Glamour about how accepting of Photoshop society has become. "Ten years ago, we weren't able to do the things we do today," said Farid. "Altering photographs used to happen in the darkroom, then on the computer screen. Now it's something people are doing directly on their phone or camera."

Read the full story, originally published on 8/12/15 in Star 2.

Creating Content Your Audiences Want

Mentions the Tuck School of Business' Executive Education blog in an article about effective external-focused content marketing strategies. The article notes that Tuck's Executive Education blog does content marketing particularly well because of the creation of regular content that links to open enrollment programs.

The Week in Social: Instagramming North Korea, Bjarke Ingels's New Digs, and Colorful Seattle

Mentions that architecture critic Alexandra Lange Instagrammed a photo of the Hopkins Center at sunset during a trip to Hanover, N.H. Lang has been traveling around the U.S., reporting on the nation's architecture.

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