Alternative Facts

We don’t know yet if “alternative facts” will be considered a new term or an old term by the end of 2017, but the term has already made the Urban Dictionary.  For now, we’ll consider it NEWWorthy until it isn’t.

As far as NEWWorthy is concerned, the term is worthy in that it points out that alternative facts — lies or falsehoods — should be placed where they belong: in an alternative universe.

Extending the reach of dermatologists

AI and medical technology has been coming together for years now, but many more advances are still in the lab.  Now, new research shows that AI can recognize skin cancer with results comparable to dermatologists.  With mobile phones, this could help to extend the reach of dermatologists, hopefully making more people aware of potential skin cancers that need further attention from an expert.

Terminology: Programmatic Advertising

Programmatic Advertising, or programmatic marketing, has been mentioned since at least 2014.  It’s basically the algorithmic purchase and sale of advertising space in real time.  Startapp thinks it’s going to be big among business advertisers in 2017.

So is it NEWWorthy?  Maybe yes, maybe no.  Some like Startapp seem to think so.

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NEWWorthy Awards 2016

NEWWorthy Awards 2016 again asks what was NEWWorthiest for the year in inventions, discoveries, events, and other new-related categories. We hope you’ve enjoyed reading our blog as much as we did putting it together.

We’re excited to see what’s in store for 2017. NEWWorthy will continue to keep an eye on what’s new and worthy.  Whether it’s new research in robotics or the latest new happenings in entertainment and travel — not to mention our new category: politics — we’ll be taking a look at it.

My own tiny contribution to what’s NEWWorthy in 2016 was “Family Tree Solitaire“, a new kind of card game for Android and Windows devices.  Over 400 people have tried it out on their phones, tablets, or computers.

Happy 2017!  Here are the NEWWorthy Award winners for 2016…

ENTERTAINMENT: Winner – Only rarely does a show like “Game of Thrones” come along with a vast storyline and huge popularity.  Even rarer is when a cliffhanger occurs which causes just about everyone — including those who barely know the show or don’t even watch it — to want to know what’s going to happen.  “Who Killed J.R. Ewing” or how “The Sopranos” or “M*A*S*H*” ended were those kinds of events.  In 2016, it was “Is Jon Snow Dead?

Honorable Mentions – The Tampa Bay Rays were the first major league baseball team to play in Cuba in 17 years and Cleveland Cavaliers: First NBA team to win championship after being down 3-1 in the finals.

NEWWorthy WORD(s): Winner – Virome.

Honorable Mentions – (Plant) nanobionics and post-truth.  Although not technically words, new science emojis are also NEWWorthy in 2016.

FINANCE: Winner – The cost of solar and wind energy is competitive with coal and gas.

Honorable Mentions – Home values, Apple may owe 13 billion euros in taxes, and the Fed raised interest rates again.

SCIENCE HEALTH: Winner – Experimental Ebola vaccine shows promising results

Honorable Mentions – Thermo by Withings(TM)  (Part of Nokia) takes temperature without touching skin.

SCIENCE: Winner – Gravitational waves discovered

Honorable Mentions – SkyCool Systems cools buildings using the sky.

TECHNOLOGY: Winner – Google DeepMind’s AlphaGo

Honorable Mentions – Artificial Imagination, Pizza ATM, Bot Economy slowly replaces apps, and Microsoft technology that recognizes words in a conversation as well as a human does.

MATHEMATICS: Winner – Prime numbers may not be as random as previously thought

TRAVEL: Winner – “One way out of Florida spring car rentals” is often a favorite on NEWWorthy travel.

Honorable Mentions – “2016 new hotel listings” on NEWWorthy and the creation of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument.

OLDWORTHY: Winner – The R70i Age Suit can make you feel OLDWORTHY.  It can also teach you a thing or two about understanding aging.  It was a popular post on NEWWorthy this year.

POLITICS: Winner – This is a very new category, so the first winner will be selected for 2017 next January.  For now, here are a few honorable mentions.  If you’d like more information, on these are any other topics above without links, search on the terms in NEWWorthy or on the internet.

Honorable Mentions – Fake News, Post-truth, Robot Political Speech Writing, Election hacking, and Electoral College.