The Download April 14 2022: Kenya’s mobile gambling problem and earthquake algorithms

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How Mobile Money Supercharges Kenya Sports Betting Addiction

Mobile money has been hugely beneficial to the people of Kenya. But it has also turbo-charged the country’s sports betting sector.

Since the middle of the last decade, experts and public figures across the African continent have been sounding the alarm over the growing popularity of sports betting. The practice has generated wealth stories, but it has also broken families, used college tuition and even led some to commit suicide.

Nowhere near as intense a craze as in Kenya, the country frequently dubs Africa’s “Silicon Savannah” for its status as a regional tech powerhouse. But while Kenya’s mobile money revolution has played a well-documented role in promoting savings and democratizing access to finance, today, it is easier than ever to waste everything in fragile economic circumstances. Read the full story.

-Jonathan W. Rosen

Deep-learning algorithms can detect earthquakes by filtering city noise

Cities are noisy places. Traffic, trains and machinery make a lot of noise. While this is mostly just an inconvenience, it can be a fatal problem when it comes to finding an earthquake. This is because it is difficult to identify an approaching earthquake among all the normal tremors in a bustling city.

Researchers at Stanford have found a way to get a clear indication. They have created a trained algorithm on thousands of samples of seismic sound in cities. They claim it could improve the detection capacity of earthquake monitoring networks in cities. Places such as South America, Mexico, the Mediterranean, Indonesia, and Japan in particular may stand to gain. Read the full story.

– Ryanon Williams

Must read

I used the internet to find out some of the most fun / important / scary / compelling stories about technology today.

1 TikTok has created a pro-war eco chamber in Russia
While anti-war hashtags and content have disappeared. (WSJ)
, Ukraine’s intelligence service is targeting Russian troops(Wired $)
, The Russians are hiding bombs and landmines throughout Ukraine. (NYT)
, The condition of Russia’s trucks indicates that its troops are struggling. (CNN)

2 million people are mourning the loss of loved ones from Kovid
And their grief is intensified by the people’s desire to “return to normal.” (Atlantic 2)
, New York State has two omicron subvarians widespread(NYT)
, Pfizer’s booster shot is effective in children ages 5 to 11. (NYT)
, Robot Dogs is patrolling Shanghai to make sure residents stick to its lockdown. (FT)

3 Plastic batteries are cheaper and longer lasting than lithium-ion
So it makes sense that they can store renewable energy on the grid. (TR)

4 Elon Musk has offered to buy Twitter 100%
He says if his offer is rejected, he will reconsider his position as a shareholder. (FT)
, It’s been a rollercoaster week for both Musk and Platform. (The Verge)
, But it is still being claimed that he was too slow to announce his shares on Twitter. (Sky News 2)

5 How joke conspiracy theory birds do not fly real
The real conspiracy theorists seem to be really struggling to find satire. (The Guardian)
, The Capitol Hill riots have led Trump to blame Congress for ordering riots. (NYT)

6 Mark Zuckerberg wants you to see the metavars through his AR glasses
He thinks they will go on sale in 2024, but he also looks wildly optimistic. (The Verge)

7 The travel influencer falsely claims to be the first woman to visit each country
She WasHowever, the first to brag about it on social media. (WP)

8 Terrible animals are still being trafficked through Facebook
That is despite the fact that Meta promised to break the practice years ago. (The Guardian)

9 At what age should we talk to children about crypto?
What is the question. How long to live. (Vox)
, The man who bought Jack Dorsey’s first tweet for NFT $ 2.9 million is struggling to sell it for anything other than a huge loss. (Coindesk)
, Wikipedia has voted against receiving cryptocurrency donations. (Ars Technica)
, Soccer clubs and crypto are not a good combination. (FT)

10 Vending machines may exist until the end of time
They are mostly unpleasant, yet millions of us around the world depend on them. (The Guardian)
, No, please, not an NFT vending machine. (Axes)

Quote of the day

“I can’t live with myself if I do Did not Come on I fell. I can’t sleep. “

An American man tells The Guardian about his decision to go to Ukraine to fight the Russian invasion.

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