technology

5 things you shouldn’t miss: the bots behind Wikipedia, spotting cancers and more

Welcome to the latest of my monthly collections for the Engine Group of five links that you shouldn’t miss.

 

The bots that edit Wikipedia http://bbc.in/PtlLTJ
Behind the scenes of the international encyclopedia which anyone can edit is a small army of automated programs that keep the site going.

An app – to check for skin cancer http://on.mash.to/Ptmsfy
Take a photo with your smartphone’s camera and help stay healthy.

Use a phone to talk to people? How very old school http://bit.ly/Pto2Oy
The enormous new Ofcom survey is out, packed full of useful data – including that the number of phone calls we make is dropping.

Crackpots, geniuses, and how to tell the difference http://bit.ly/PtoYCt
Ostensibly about science, this piece’s checklist also works as a pretty good sceptical filter for overblown press releases too.

Facebook tries to teach people to be nice to each other online http://bit.ly/Ptr2uc
Never let it be said Facebook just goes for the quick and easy obejctives…