PromptHero, Have I Been Trained?, Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, September 16, 2022


Discovered on Twitter, I think: PromptHero. It’s a search engine for AI-generated images. You can do a regular keyword search or get a set of random images. I did a search for Hollywood and discovered someone out there really likes capybaras in knitted caps.

Ars Technica: Have AI image generators assimilated your art? New tool lets you check. “When visiting the Have I Been Trained? website, which is run by a group of artists called Spawning, users can search the data set by text (such as an artist’s name) or by an image they upload. They will see image results alongside caption data linked to each image.”

Anchorage Daily News: OPINION: A new tool to help understand Alaska’s historic Native land claims act. “To provide future generations insights into this groundbreaking law, the Alaska Historical Society (AHS) has just completed the first-ever comprehensive guide to historical sources about ANCSA. The three-volume, nearly 1,200-page Guide to Sources for the Study of the 1971 Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act identifies the vast majority of documents, located in archives, libraries, personal collections and online.” The guide is freely available and searchable online.


The Conversation: One year on, El Salvador’s Bitcoin experiment has proven a spectacular failure. “When [Nayib] Bukele announced his plans in July 2021, Bitcoin’s value was about US$35,000. By the time the legislation came into effect, on September 7 2021, it was about US$45,000. Two months later, it peaked at US$64,400. Now it is trading at around US$20,000.”


Rolling Stone: New Report Claims YouTube Is Cashing in on Misogyny, Racism, and Targeted Harassment . “In an exclusive interview, Bot Sentinel founder Christopher Bouzy tells Rolling Stone that the report uncovered a pattern of unchecked hate speech, misogyny, racism, and targeted harassment singularly focused on famous and identifiable women. The most mentioned women in the channels were Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, and actress Amber Heard, both of whom have remained extremely vocal about the long-term mental and emotional effects of targeted harassment.”

USC: First-of-its-kind media studies lab launches at USC to amplify Black social change makers on the West Coast. “As the University of Southern California’s first media studies center dedicated to saving, studying and sharing the work of prominent and hidden figures who have been central to Black social justice movements in America, the Bass Lab will create a web archive that serves as a repository for Black media and activist journalism. The archive will include digitized newspapers, magazines, photojournalism and scanned 3D objects that tell the story of Black life and culture on the West Coast. Original content in the form of recorded interviews and oral histories will also be featured. ”


Tech Xplore: Indonesia investigating Google over app store payment system. “Indonesia has launched an anti-trust investigation into Google over the etch firm’s insistence that its payment system be used for purchases from its app store, authorities said Thursday, accusing it of unfair business practices.”


Stanford News: The real strength of weak ties. “A team of researchers from Stanford, MIT, Harvard, and LinkedIn recently conducted the largest experimental study to date on the impact of digital job sites on the labor market and found that weaker social connections have a greater beneficial effect on job mobility than stronger ties.”

Globe and Mail: Justin Trudeau, Google and Canada’s loophole-filled lobbying rules. “The PM’s lobbying-that-wasn’t-lobbying chat doesn’t mean Google’s win was preordained. Waterfront Toronto has always said the process was fair. But what’s certain is Ottawa spent years withholding salient details about its role in a major public project. And the system to hold Ottawa accountable was once more exposed as filled with loopholes.”

Music Connection: New Survey: Trends & Concerns In Audio Archiving. “Based on key topics raised during an Iron Mountain Entertainment Services (IMES) and Recording Academy Producers & Engineers Wing (P&E Wing) co-hosted 2021 summit ‘Protecting Legacies: The Art, Science and Value of Music Archives,’ IMES, the P&E Wing and the Audio Engineering Society (AES) developed a survey to assess current practices and challenges in audio archiving. The survey was sent to approximately 4,000 members of the P&E Wing and 11,000 members of the AES.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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