Teachable Machine, Mixing Music, Google Pigeon, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, November 8, 2019


Google Blog: Teachable Machine 2.0 makes AI easier for everyone. “Teachable Machine 2.0 lets you train your own machine learning model with the click of a button, no coding required, and export it to websites, apps, physical machines and more. Teachable Machine 2.0 can also recognize sounds and poses, like whether you’re standing or sitting down.”


DJ Magazine: This New AI Tool Quickly Isolates Vocals From Finished Tracks. “A research team at streaming platform Deezer has unveiled a new tool called Spleeter that can help people to split finished, recorded tracks into separate stems for vocals, drums, bass and other elements.”

Engadget: Google’s Waze-like app for public transit hits five more cities. “Last year, Google incubator Area 120 announced a public transit app that works in a similar way to Waze. Users of Pigeon report transit information to help others know if they’re likely to face delays or other issues. Until now, it’s only been available in New York City, but as of today, it’s going live in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.”


Bloomberg: Facebook Asked by Al Jazeera to End Accounts Tied to U.A.E.. “The Al Jazeera Media Network is asking Facebook Inc. to remove accounts it says are part of a foreign-influence campaign run by by the United Arab Emirates. The accounts on Facebook and Instagram, using the handle ‘QatariLeaks,’ frequently attack Qatar-based Al Jazeera and its journalists.”

The Narwhal: Anonymous Facebook page touts ‘recovery’ at Mount Polley while mine waste still piped into lake. “An anonymous group called ‘Mount Polley Remediation’ is promoting Facebook ads and videos celebrating the clean-up of one of the worst mining disasters in Canadian history, even as contaminated waste from the gold and copper mine owned by Imperial Metals continues to pour into Quesnel Lake.”


Lifehacker: These 1924 Copyrighted Works Enter the Public Domain in 2020. “For the second year in a row, January 1 brings thousands of classic copyrighted works into the public domain. Under U.S. law, works published any time in 1924 will enter the public domain on January 1, 2020. This includes books, films, artworks, sheet music, and other concrete creative works—but unfortunately not audio recordings. Below are some of the most important works losing their copyright.” So much good stuff. And the movies! Howard Lloyd! Roscoe Arbuckle! Buster Keaton!

Times of India: Army warns officials against 150 fake social media profiles who target personnel for sensitive info. “The Army has cautioned its officials against 150 fake social media profiles that are being used by adversaries for honey trapping in order to extract sensitive information, sources said on Thursday.”

New York Times: French Government Seeks to Comb Social Media to Fight Tax Fraud. “France’s government is seeking to give the authorities the power to trawl social media for signs of tax avoidance and fraud, according to a provision of the budget 2020 draft law that is being debated in parliament.” French officials have already used Google Maps to find swimming pool tax cheats so this shouldn’t shock anybody.


Houston Chronicle: Study: Russia’s web-censoring tool sets pace for imitators. “Russia is succeeding in imposing a highly effective internet censorship regime across thousands of disparate, privately owned providers in an effort also aimed at making government snooping pervasive, according to a study released Wednesday.”

CNET: Photoshop detector: Adobe demos tool that identifies picture editing. “…About Face uses machine learning to determine if a face in a photo has been manipulated in Photoshop. It looks at the pixels of a photo and offers the probably from 0% to 100% of whether the image has been altered. It can also tell you what parts of the face were changed and undo those changes to reveal the original, un-Photoshopped image.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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