Punk Planet, Vintage Australia Films, Facebook Oversight Board, More: Thursday Evening ResearchBuzz, January 28, 2021


Pitchfork: Every Issue of Punk Planet Is Available on the Internet Archive. “You can now read all 80 issues of Punk Planet for free on the Internet Archive. Founded by writer and editor Dan Sinker, the Chicago music and politics zine ran as a print publication from 1994 until 2007. In addition to music features and reviews, Punk Planet covered topics like feminism, politics, human rights, and labor. Issues included interviews with Sleater-Kinney, Nick Cave, Ralph Nader, and countless other cultural icons.”

National Film and Sound Archive of Australia: Priceless Collection Of 100-year-old Films Digitally Restored. “The National Film and Sound Archive of Australia (NFSA) has digitally restored The Corrick Collection, containing 135 of the world’s earliest films, which formed part of the Corrick Family Entertainers variety act over 100 years ago. A selection of these priceless films will have a world premiere at Ten Days on the Island from 5-21 March 2021, to celebrate the Corricks’ connection with Tasmania. Further national and international screenings will be announced in coming months. Additionally, five films from The Corrick Collection are now available to audiences worldwide on the NFSA’s YouTube channel.”


NBC News: Facebook’s ‘Oversight Board’ overturns 4 cases in first rulings. “The board, a group of 20 journalists, politicians and judges from around the world, was formed last year and has been tasked with passing judgment on the social media giant’s handling of the most difficult content issues. It claims total independence from Facebook, and Facebook has said that the decisions it makes will be binding.”

Neowin: Microsoft introduces WorkLab, an insider into how it creates the future of work. “Microsoft is launching a new digital publication, WorkLab, to highlight research, science-based insights, and stories around the future of work. Through the publication, Microsoft will share the thinking and processes that influence the creation of products and features.”


New York Times: Black, Deaf and Extremely Online. “Variations and dialects of spoken English, including what linguists refer to as African-American English, have been the subject of intensive study for years. But research on Black ASL, which differs considerably from American Sign Language, is decades behind, obscuring a major part of the history of sign language.”

Getty: Can Art and Science Solve the Most Complex Challenges of the 21st Century?. “Forty-five cultural, educational, and scientific institutions throughout Southern California received over $5 million in exhibition research grants by the Getty Foundation to prepare for the next edition of the region-wide arts initiative Pacific Standard Time, scheduled to open in 2024. The landmark series will return with dozens of exhibitions and programs focused on the intertwined histories of art and science, past and present. Together, they address some of the most complex challenges of the 21st century—from climate change and environmental racism to the current pandemic and artificial intelligence—and the creative solutions these problems demand.”


Google Blog: New campaign targeting security researchers. “Over the past several months, the Threat Analysis Group has identified an ongoing campaign targeting security researchers working on vulnerability research and development at different companies and organizations. The actors behind this campaign, which we attribute to a government-backed entity based in North Korea, have employed a number of means to target researchers which we will outline below.”

CNET: Facebook reportedly considers hitting Apple with antitrust suit. “Facebook may file an antitrust lawsuit against Apple, The Information reported Thursday, alleging that Apple abused its power through its App Store rules. The social network’s potential suit apparently says Apple forces outside developers to stick to rules that its own apps don’t have to follow.”


VentureBeat: What it takes to create a GPT-3 product. “Granted, a disruptive technology might need more time to create a sustainable market, and GPT-3 is unprecedented in many respects. But developments so far show that those who stand to benefit the most from GPT-3 are companies that already wield much of the power in AI, not the ones who want to start from scratch.”

Wired: This AI Could Go From ‘Art’ to Steering a Self-Driving Car. “YOU’VE PROBABLY NEVER wondered what a knight made of spaghetti would look like, but here’s the answer anyway—courtesy of a clever new artificial intelligence program from OpenAI, a company in San Francisco. The program, DALL-E, released earlier this month, can concoct images of all sorts of weird things that don’t exist, like avocado armchairs, robot giraffes, or radishes wearing tutus. OpenAI generated several images, including the spaghetti knight, at WIRED’s request.” Good evening, Internet…

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