A leading charity has urged parents to do more to keep their children safe online as new figures reveal how often young people are exposed to violence, hatred, sexual content, bullying and other inappropriate content when using the Internet.
The Washington Post wrote earlier this week on Google’s increasing use of knowledge boxes in its searches – the inset boxes at the top of search results that attempt to shortcut the search process by displaying the actual factoid of interest on top of the traditional infinite page of hyperlinks. As users increasingly access the web through mobile and voice, the goal of such systems is to get the user an answer such as “how many ounces in a pound” or “who is the president of Estonia” as quickly as possible. Whereas search engines of the past simply returned a pile of links for a user to wade through, the goal of knowledge boxes is to provide the actual response the user is looking for by leveraging advances in natural language processing to have machines actually understand the user’s question.
Logic suggests that online shopping is greener than traditional shopping. After all, when people shop from home, they are not jumping into their cars, one by one, to travel to the mall or the big box store.