AI-Generated Faces, Family Court Failures, Gaelic Music, More: Sunday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, September 22, 2019


Interesting Engineering: A Database of 100,000 AI Generated Faces Is Changing the Way We Think about Stock Photos. “Artificial intelligence can now give you a quality stock photo of a model… that does not exist. That’s right, AI can now generate imaginary faces for your next project. Dubbed Generated Photos, the collection of faces was created by Konstantin Zhabinskiy and his team.”

KUER: Database Sheds Light On Child Deaths During Family Court Cases. “Over the last decade, more than 700 children have been killed by a parent or guardian in the midst of a family court case like divorce or custody hearings. That’s according to a new database by the Center for Judicial Excellence that for the first time quantifies these deaths — 11 of which occurred in Utah.”

National Library of Scotland: Gaelic music learning site. This link is to a Facebook post. “Take at look at our new multimedia Gaelic music learning site, which gives an overview of historic sources, song, instruments and the Living Tradition of Gaelic music. It also includes newly digitised audio recordings from Gaelfonn, a Gaelic record label established in Glasgow in the 1950s whose back catalogue is now part of the Library’s sound collections.”


Search Engine Land: Noticeable drop in reviews showing in Google search results. “Numerous Google search tracking tools are all reporting a drop in the number of search results that display the review rich results, the stars under the search result snippets. This should come as no surprise since Google announced an algorithm update to tighten the rules around when a review rich result is shown for a snippet earlier this week.”

Reuters: Few U.S. lawmakers hit ‘like’ button after Facebook CEO visits Capitol Hill . “Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrapped up three days of discussions with Washington movers and shakers on Friday, with few if any indications he had won new ‘friends’ to help the top social media company deal with multiple probes by Congress, state attorneys general and federal regulators.”

Mashable: YouTube walks back changes to verification policy after outcry . “YouTube’s CEO is once again apologizing to the service’s top users following a massive backlash over changes to its verification policy. One day after announcing that it was ditching the checkmarks and notifying many users that they were no longer eligible for verification, the company is walking back those changes.”


MakeUseOf: Google Photos vs. OneDrive: What’s the Best Backup Tool?. “Many people (especially on Android) use Google Photos as their photo backup app. But is it really the best backup tool? Does OneDrive also deserve serious consideration? In this article we pit Google Photos vs OneDrive to determine which is the best tool to back up your photos. We’ll compare the two services and help you decide which is right for you.”


UNC Libraries: Ten Standouts to Celebrate the Southern Folklife Collection’s First Thirty Years. “Opened in 1989 and centered at first around the John Edwards Memorial Collection, the SFC has grown over three decades into the foremost collection of its kind. To celebrate this milestone, and in anticipation of another great decade ahead, here are Southern Folklife Collection curator Steve Weiss’s picks for ten amusing, intriguing and interesting collection highlights from the SFC’s first thirty years.”


ZDNet: Arrest made in Ecuador’s massive data breach. “Ecuadorian authorities have arrested the executive of a data analytics firm after his company left the personal records of most of Ecuador’s population exposed online on an internet server.” WHAT? An executive being held responsible for letting personal information leak online? Good heavens.


Techdirt: Does The Public Care About Tech Backlash? And Does That Matter?. “The NY Times recently had a piece by Rob Walker noting that there is no tech backlash, despite many people believing there is one. Unfortunately, I think the article overstates its case, and misses the more important, more nuanced point.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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