Kelabit Folk Songs, Tennessee Forestry/Agriculture, Birmingham Museums, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, November 24, 2020

I forgot to send this out last night. Morning Buzz on usual schedule.


The Star (Malaysia): Alena Murang launches virtual platform Project Ranih to archive Kelabit folk songs . “Have you heard the Leleun Kuh Ba’o Buda, a beautiful lullaby from a mother monkey to her baby? What about Piu’ Piu’ Alung Alung, a chant-song about a child who is good at fishing? Kuching-born KL-based musician/artist Alena Murang, 31, and her cousin Joshua Maran grew up listening to these Kelabit children’s folk songs. Now, the cousin-duo want to share it with the world via their newly launched Project Ranih, an online archive of Kelabit children’s songs and rhymes (complete with lyrics in Kelabit and English).” New, still in progress.

Tennessee Department of Agriculture: Live Interactive Data Shows Tennesseans the Impact of Agriculture and Forestry Where They Live. “The Tennessee Department of Agriculture (TDA) announces the launch of a new online, interactive source for agriculture and forestry information for every county in Tennessee. The live dashboards enable people to access real-time data for a range of information in one easy-to-access place.”

Museums Association: Online game enables users to curate Birmingham Museums collections. “The trust has formed a partnership with the recently launched online game and art platform, Occupy White Walls, which uses artificial intelligence (AI) to enable players to collect and curate their own exhibitions in a virtual world. The collaboration means that users can access an initial 200 pieces from Birmingham Museum and Gallery’s art collection to curate, design and build digital art exhibitions. The available collection includes some of the city’s most famous artworks, such as The Last of England by Ford Madox Brown and Proserpine by Dante Gabriel Rossetti.”


CNET: Twitter will begin warning you a tweet is misleading even if you’re just liking it. “Twitter is expanding its warnings for when you try to retweet a tweet labelled as being misleading. Now, even liking a labeled tweet will earn you a warning. According to the social media company, the prompts to read more info before retweeting has led to a 29% decrease in quoting misleading tweets.”

Google Blog: “The Mandalorian” in AR? This is the way. . “From dinosaurs to astronauts, Google has been bringing objects and creatures to life with augmented reality. Now, people using compatible Android 5G devices can interact with heroes from the Mandalorian in their own space.”


MassLive: Pat Quinn, co-founder of viral social media ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, dies at 37. “A co-founder of the social media ALS ice bucket challenge, which has raised more than $200 million worldwide for Lou Gehrig’s disease research, died Sunday at the age of 37, according to the ALS Association. Pat Quinn was diagnosed with Lou Gehrig’s disease, also known as amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, in 2013, a month after his 30th birthday, the organization said in a statement announcing his death.”


BusinessWire: IPR Center, Amazon Launch ‘Operation Fulfilled Action’ to Stop Counterfeits (PRESS RELEASE). “The U.S. government’s National Intellectual Property Rights Coordination Center (IPR Center) and Amazon today announced the launch of a joint operation to prevent counterfeit goods from entering the U.S. and help protect American consumers. U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and DHL are also supporting the operation.”


Brookings Institution: How to deal with AI-enabled disinformation. “Some forms of disinformation can do their damage in hours or even minutes. This kind of disinformation is easy to debunk given enough time, but extremely difficult to do so quickly enough to prevent it from inflicting damage. Elections are one example of the many domains where this can occur. Financial markets, which can be subject to short-term manipulation, are another example. Foreign affairs could be affected as rumors spread quickly around the world through digital platforms. Social movements can also be targeted through dissemination of false information designed to spur action or reaction among either supporters or opponents of a cause.”

Psychology Today: Cybersmiling, A Social Media Positive. “As is true of so many phenomena in our world, the effects of social media and the internet are mixed when it comes to the human experience. So, from the perspective of someone who’s been pretty vocal about the adverse effects of social media on the modern world, here are three points that speak to the bright side.”

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