Climate Change Response, Choir & Organ, Wolfram Alpha, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, September 17, 2019


American Association for the Advancement of Science: ‘How We Respond’ Shows What U.S. Communities Are Doing to Address Climate Change. “Communities across the United States are working with scientists and using scientific information to respond to climate change, according to the ‘How We Respond’ report released Sept. 16 by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. This new resource shares perspectives, multimedia and project details that 18 communities have developed to address local impacts of climate change or reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

Choir and Organ: Choir & Organ completes 26-year digital archive. “Mark Allen Group title Choir & Organ has completed its digital archive in collaboration with Exact Editions, offering a back catalogue of over 150 issues dating back to 1993 as well as immediate access to every new issue published.”


VentureBeat: ProBeat: Wolfram’s natural language understanding looks incredibly useful. “Wolfram Research yesterday launched Wolfram Alpha Notebook Edition for Windows, Mac, and Linux. The news largely flew under the radar, which is frankly a shame. The new tool combines Wolfram Alpha and Mathematica to give students (and teachers) a new way to build through whole computations. But it’s the natural language understanding (NLU) examples that really caught my eye.”

TechCrunch: Facebook rolls out new video tools, plus Instagram and IGTV scheduling feature. “Facebook on Monday announced a number of updates aimed at video creators and publishers, during a session at the International Broadcasting Convention (IBC) taking place in Amsterdam. The updates involve changes to live video broadcasting, Facebook’s Watch Party and Creator Studio, and they include enhancements to tools, expanded feature sets and improved analytics, among other things.”


The Journal (Ireland): Government to put pressure on social media companies over online safety. “Minister for Communications Richard Bruton has said that he plans to introduce an independent online safety commissioner, following calls for more action to ensure that children are using the internet safely online.”

South China Morning Post: Facial recognition technology in China beaten by a nose job. “A young woman in eastern China found her life turned upside down when plastic surgery altered her appearance so drastically she was banned from online payment gateways and unable to sign in to work.”

STAT: Historians push to create public archive of documents from massive opioid litigation. “In settling lawsuits against them, companies often insist that all of the documents and depositions gathered as part of the cases be locked away or destroyed. To head that off — and to ensure a full accounting of the origins of the prescription opioid crisis — a group of historians is asking that any settlement in the massive opioid litigation require all collected documents be preserved and made public.”


Digital Intelligence: Beijing’s Computational Propaganda Goes Global: The Significance of China’s Debut as a Disinformation Actor. “While there has also been ample evidence of pro-China activity on social media in years past, much of it seemingly coordinated, there has not been attribution of Chinese state-sponsored disinformation on international platforms such as Twitter or Facebook. There have however been five peripheral, closely related activities that are worth noting.”

Air Quality News: New online tool reveals air pollution levels at London addresses. “A new website has launched to show Londoners how exposed their home is to air pollution and whether where they live exceeds World Health Organisation (WHO) annual guidelines for nitrogen dioxide (NO2).”


Mashable: See what AI really thinks of you with this deeply humbling website . “You are nothing more than a collection of deeply embarrassing and problematic machine learning-determined classifiers. That humbling truth is brought home by ImageNet Roulette, an online tool that gives anyone bold or foolish enough to upload a photo the opportunity to learn just exactly how artificial intelligence sees them. The project, described as ‘a provocation’ by its creators, aims to shed light on how artificial intelligence systems view and classify humans.” I uploaded a picture of my cat and it identified her as a “street person”. Good afternoon, Internet…

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