Google knows you’re a bit worn out by the dizzying stream of bad news, from the stream of bizarre behavior in the White House and elsewhere in capitals, to pointless them vs. us-style coverage of “issues” on the cable yelling shows.
If you’re looking for information about people solving problems, and want to balance out your media diet with some information about how people are tackling issues that vex humanity, you can now ask Google to give you those stories. (You can also try to read stuff from LedeTree, which also looks for a lot of stories about ordinary people just solving problems).
Google announced Tuesday that it has a new feature aimed at highlighting more positive, problem-solving journalism.
“‘Tell me something good’ is a new experimental feature for Assistant users in the U.S. that delivers your daily dose of good news,” the company said in a blog post. “Just say ‘Hey Google, tell me something good’ to receive a brief news summary about people who are solving problems for our communities and our world.
“This is good news like how Georgia State University coupled empathy with data to double its graduation rate and eliminate achievement gaps between white and black students, how backyard beekeepers in East Detroit are bringing back the dwindling bee population while boosting the local economy, and how Iceland curbed teen drinking with nightly curfews and coupons for kids to enroll in extracurricular activities,” Google said.