New Snapchat filters, new YouTube stories, new old flip phones: The Week in Review

Mindset Digital
Mindset Digital // December 1, 2017

Our weekly roundup brings you a list of curated content in social, technology and Mindset Digital happenings from need-to-know to silly social trends.

Last week in social…

Facebook’s asking, “Are you okay?”

Facebook is using artificial intelligence to help identify suicidal users and connect them to mental health resources. The AI suicide detection system will be able to find patterns or signals of suicidal thoughts in Facebook posts, as well as livestreams and pre-recorded videos. Posts will initially be marked by the AI and then undergo further review by a human staff. The hope is to install this detection system worldwide, except for the European Union (due to privacy laws). (via Digital Trends)

Unlock new Snapchat filters

While people have been focused on Snapchat’s upcoming app re-design, the company secretly updated their filters. The new filters will now appear or disappear depending on what you’re snapping. For example, snapping a picture of turkey will elicit a new Snapchat filter saying “What Diet?” or taking a picture of a dog generates the filter “It’s a pawty”. Very sneaky, Snapchat. (via Mashable)

YouTube ‘reels’ out their version of stories. YouTube is hopping on the stories bandwagon, but the video-sharing website is putting their own spin on it. YouTube’s version, Reels, will not be appearing at the top of their website like Instagram. Instead the stories will appear in a new tab on the creator’s channel. Users will be able to shoot 30-second videos with filters, music and other stickers similar to the other uses of the stories format. And the biggest new twist for the stories? Reels won’t expire after 24 hours. We joke about all the big social networks copying each other, but it’ll be genuinely interesting to see if the features of this new approach catch on. (via TechCrunch)

Last week in technology…

Alexa is here for business. Amazon is working to put Alexa into offices, allowing businesses to build out their own skills and integrations for practical and business uses around the office. On the business side, Alexa could be able to store the employee directory, collect Salesforce data on clients or the manage the company calendar. There are also practical uses of having Alexa in the office, like changing the temperature and turning the lights on and off. (via TechCrunch)

The Amazing Race: NASA edition. After two years of researching autonomous drones, it was time to put their drone to the test. NASA pitted a professional human pilot against one of their AI drones. At first, the AI drone beat the pilot, but only until the pilot learned the twists and turns of the course. At that point, the drone lacked the intuition of the human pilot, who could fly faster and with more freedom. The AI drone lost… for now. But if there’s one thing we’ve learned from humanity’s hubristic attempts to assert dominion over the machines, it’s watch out for the rematch. (via The Verge)  


The comeback of the flip phones?

Recently, Apple filed for another flip phone patent leading people to believe that the company is developing a foldable iPhone. Their patent also extends to other products such as watches, laptops and tablets. Although it’s not confirmed that Apple is cooking up some high-tech flip phones, it isn’t an impossible idea as Samsung debuted a high-end, touchscreen flip phone in China. Korean media outlets have also indicated that LG is working with Apple on foldable technology, so here’s to the rise of the flip phones. Again. (via CNN Tech)

Last week at Mindset Digital…

What did you miss last week? Check out this quick recap of the 3 things you need to know including Pinterest Lens, Airbnb’s battle with Paris and the redesign of the app Snapchat.

Thank you, Internet!

Ahh the holidays! ‘Tis the season for those cheesy family holiday cards. However, this family took a different spin on their annual holiday card this year that gained national attention…

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