Google's Arts & Culture app just added a suite of prehistoric animals and NASA artifacts that are viewable for free with a smartphone.
- The exhibits are viewable on most smartphones through Google's free Arts & Culture app.
- In addition to prehistoric animals, the new exhibits include NASA artifacts and ancient artwork.
- The Arts & Culture app also lets you project onto your walls famous paintings on display at museums around the world.
Google Arts & Culture<p>Other animals on display include:</p><ul><li><a href="https://artsandculture.google.com/asset/opabinia-a-500m-year-old-creature-with-five-eyes/jwEx938NwO9A5w?hl=en" target="_blank">Opabinia</a> — A 500-million-year-old arthropod with five eyes</li><li><a href="https://artsandculture.google.com/asset/GAG_J9wcz31GXw" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer dofollow">Skeleton of the blue whale</a> – The largest animal to ever exist on Earth</li><li><a href="https://artsandculture.google.com/asset/LgGLuNutwk-OPQ" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer dofollow">Spotted trunkfish</a> — A fish with an unusually strong carapace made from thick hexagonal scale plates called scutes</li><li><a href="https://artsandculture.google.com/asset/HwHAh659CiUWEA" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer dofollow">Aegirocassis</a> — A 480-million-year old marine animal, believed to be the oldest large filter feeder, which existed hundreds of millions of years before whales and sharks</li></ul>
Google Arts & Culture<p>Google's new AR exhibits also include a handful of NASA artifacts, like the <a href="https://artsandculture.google.com/asset/jAGjIi6RFQBOFg" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer dofollow">Apollo 11 command module</a> and Neil Armstrong's A-7L spacesuit, and also a statue of <a href="https://artsandculture.google.com/asset/3QFU2nR_dVV9Lg" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer dofollow">Lanzón</a>, the pre-Inca "smiling god".</p>
Google Arts & Culture<p>Not into NASA artifacts or strange fish? You can also use the Arts & Culture app to project onto your walls paintings like <a href="https://artsandculture.google.com/asset/qwH7SFUucsTJjQ" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer dofollow">Frida Kahlo's self portraits</a>, Gustav Klimt's "<a href="https://artsandculture.google.com/asset/HQGxUutM_F6ZGg" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer dofollow">The Kiss</a>," Rembrandt's "Night Watch," and Johannes Vermeer's <a href="https://artsandculture.google.com/project/vermeer-paintings" target="_blank" rel="dofollow">complete works</a>.</p>
The Silicon Valley titan has promised scholarships for its tech-focused certificate courses alongside $10 million in job training grants.
An improved educational pipeline?<img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzQ2MTkxMC9vcmlnaW4uanBnIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY1NDYyMTg5MX0.TVNqimPHbfhkKlIN9DTP5yp2pIawOnw3wY8JftScL7Q/img.jpg?width=1245&coordinates=19%2C0%2C40%2C0&height=700" id="97f7f" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="9604c323cf271eea7f9e8280560522ac" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" alt="color-coded jobs versus education chart" />
A chart showing the increase and decrease of "good jobs" based on level of education required.
An improved educational pipeline?<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="77b5b15734c284f2a93fc07f568490b6"><iframe type="lazy-iframe" data-runner-src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/QQYm_XI8n20?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p>The need for middle-skills will grow as the American workforce continues to digitize at an extraordinary rate. <a href="https://www.brookings.edu/research/digitalization-and-the-american-workforce/" target="_blank">According to the Brookings Institution</a>, in 2002 just 5 percent of jobs studied—which covered 90 percent of the workforce—required high-digital skills while 40 percent required medium-level skills. By 2016, that percentage rose to 23 and 48 respectively. In the same period, jobs requiring low-digital skills fell precipitously, from 56 to 30 percent. Beyond rapid job growth and competitive advantage, those with the skills are set to reap the economic rewards.</p><p>But more needs to be done. </p><p>As of this writing, more than 275,000 people have enrolled in Google's IT Support course, but it's unclear how many companies will accept the certificate as proof of capability. While Google and its <a href="https://grow.google/employers/" target="_blank">Employer Consortium</a>, a group of employers who connect with Google to find prospective candidates, may consider the certificate equivalent to a four-year degree, <a href="https://www.ziprecruiter.com/blog/do-employers-take-massive-open-online-courses-seriously/" target="_blank">MOOC certifications lack the universality</a> of either associate's or bachelor's degrees. <a href="https://files.eric.ed.gov/fulltext/ED571496.pdf" target="_blank">Without mainstream acceptance</a>, graduates may be contending with each other within a puddle of prospective companies, not the vast, oceanic marketplace of corporate America.</p><p>And the COVID-19 pandemic hasn't halted but accelerated digitalization as companies widely adopt new <a href="https://www.cnbc.com/2020/06/16/the-coronavirus-fueled-tech-trends-that-will-continue-to-dominate.html" target="_blank">technological trends to survive</a>. Many of the 20 million unemployed Americans may suddenly need to upskill or even find their jobs outsourced to the digital realm. They'll need a quick, yet employer recognized, means to acquire new skills to help find work. </p><p>Ten million dollars will buy Google—a company valued at <a href="https://www.marketwatch.com/story/google-parent-alphabet-joins-1-trillion-in-market-value-for-first-time-2020-01-16" target="_blank">one trillion dollars</a>—a nice commemorative brick in the path to a solution and hopefully help many lives. But we have many miles of work to go.</p>
Google is probably wrong about your health condition.
- Thirty-six different international mobile and internet-based symptom checkers gave a correct diagnosis as the top result only 36 percent of the time.
- Web advice on when and where to seek healthcare treatment was correct 49 percent of the time.
- It's been estimated that Google's health related searches approximate to 70,000 every minute.
Troubling research findings<p>The study analyzed 36 different international mobile and internet-based symptom checkers and discovered that they gave a correct diagnosis as the number one result only 36 percent of the time, and as one of the top three results 52 percent of the time. It was also found that the web advice given on when and where to seek healthcare treatment only had a 49 percent accuracy. </p><p>Michella Hill, a ECU Masters student and the lead author of the study, warned that these findings should indicate to people to be cautious before self-diagnosing via the web. </p><p>"While it may be tempting to use these tools to find out what may be causing your symptoms, most of the time they are unreliable at best and can be dangerous at worst," she said in an <a href="https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2020-05/ecu-ner051320.php" target="_blank">Edith Cowan University press release</a>. </p><p>One major problem with the quality of online symptom checkers that Hill highlighted is the lack of government regulation and data assurance.</p><p>"There is no real transparency or validation around how these sites are acquiring their data," she pointed out. It was also discovered that many of the international sites didn't include ailments specific to certain regions like Australia. They also didn't list services relevant to Australia, where the study was conducted.</p>
“Cyberchondria” is on the rise<img type="lazy-image" data-runner-src="https://assets.rebelmouse.io/eyJhbGciOiJIUzI1NiIsInR5cCI6IkpXVCJ9.eyJpbWFnZSI6Imh0dHBzOi8vYXNzZXRzLnJibC5tcy8yMzMxNjI1MC9vcmlnaW4uZ2lmIiwiZXhwaXJlc19hdCI6MTY1NTIyMTA1N30.ZZ1QgfACjqIH8rTOKV4M88__Ze-65NQu1pju4kwcSPM/img.gif?width=980" id="ead99" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="02b2852de5cf06021d309d2c54749ac2" data-rm-shortcode-name="rebelmouse-image" />Giphy<p>Hill noted that while we all are guilty of being <a href="https://www.sciencealert.com/if-googling-your-illness-is-making-you-super-anxious-there-s-a-solution" target="_blank">'cyberchondriacs</a>' after feeling the first sign of a potential health hiccup, online symptom checkers should be used with skepticism as they lack necessary context in their health diagnosis and advice.</p><p>"The reality is these websites and apps should be viewed very cautiously as they do not look at the whole picture - they don't know your medical history or other symptoms," said Hill. "For people who lack health knowledge, they may think the advice they're given is accurate or that their condition is not serious when it may be."</p><p>While online symptom checkers like WebMD or Healthline tend to generate a questionable diagnosis, the research found that internet triage advice telling a user when and if to see a medical professional tends to be more accurate. Particularly in the case of medical emergencies. Hill noted that advice for seeking medical attention for emergency and urgent care cases was appropriate around 60 percent of the time. However, for non-emergency cases that dropped to 30 to 40 percent accuracy. </p><p>"Generally the triage advice erred on the side of caution, which in some ways is good but can lead to people going to an emergency department when they really don't need to," explained Hill. </p>
The right way to use online medical sources<p>That's not to say that online resources have no place at all in your individual healthcare. Though medical sites with online symptom checkers are never a replacement for an in-person physician, they can provide helpful information after you have received an official diagnosis from a medical professional. </p><p>"We're also seeing symptom checkers being used to good effect with the current COVID-19 pandemic," said Hill. "For example, the UK's National Health Service is using these tools to monitor symptoms and potential 'hotspot' locations for this disease on a national basis."</p><p>In other words, you can continue to Google your symptoms <a href="https://www.sciencealert.com/if-googling-your-illness-is-making-you-super-anxious-there-s-a-solution" target="_blank">at your own mental health risk</a>, but odds are the first result isn't your problem.</p>
Apps that warn about close contact with COVID-19 cases can help relax social distancing rules.
On April 10, Apple and Google announced a coronavirus exposure notification system that will be built into their smartphone operating systems, iOS and Android. The system uses the ubiquitous Bluetooth short-range wireless communication technology.
A pragmatic approach to fixing an imbalanced system.
- Intentional or not, certain inequalities are inherent in a digital economy that is structured and controlled by a few corporations that don't represent the interests or the demographics of the majority.
- While concern and anger are valid reactions to these inequalities, UCLA professor Ramesh Srinivasan also sees it as an opportunity to take action.
- Srinivasan says that the digital economy can be reshaped to benefit the 99 percent if we protect laborers in the gig economy, get independent journalists involved with the design of algorithmic news systems, support small businesses, and find ways that groups that have been historically discriminated against can be a part of these solutions.