Family Planning Investment Impact Calculator, NASA Missions, Georgia Newspapers, More: Sunday ResearchBuzz, October 2, 2022


Guttmacher Institute: Guttmacher Institute Releases Family Planning Investment Impact Calculator, A New Online Tool for Estimating Health Benefits of Investing in Family Planning in Low- and Middle-Income Countries. “Today, the Guttmacher Institute released its Family Planning Investment Impact Calculator, an interactive, web-based tool designed to estimate the positive impacts of investments in family planning services. For any given investment amount, the calculator estimates the number of modern contraceptive users that would be served, unintended pregnancies and abortions that would be averted, women’s and girls’ lives that would be saved, and cost savings that would accrue for health systems.”


CNET: How to Watch SpaceX Launch NASA Astronauts on the Crew-5 Mission to ISS. “With Hurricane Ian heading up the Atlantic coast, NASA and SpaceX are looking to get their next big mission off the ground in Florida as early as Tuesday. The Crew-5 mission will send NASA astronauts Nicole Mann and Josh Cassada to the International Space Station aboard the Dragon Endurance capsule. They will be joined by JAXA (Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency) astronaut Koichi Wakata and Russian cosmonaut Anna Kikina.”


Digital Library of Georgia: Georgia Historic Newspapers Update Fall 2022. “This year, the Digital Library of Georgia released several new grant-funded newspaper titles to the Georgia Historic Newspapers website. Included below is a list of the newly available titles.”

Ars Technica: Stadia controllers could become e-waste unless Google issues Bluetooth update . “Google’s Stadia game-streaming service will die a nearly inevitable death early next year. Google is refunding players the cost of all their hardware and game purchases. But, so far, Google is also leaving Stadia players with controllers that, while once costing $70, will soon do less than a $20 Bluetooth gamepad.”

TechCrunch: Google Colaboratory launches a pay-as-you-go option, premium GPU access. “Google Colaboratory (Colab for short), Google’s service designed to allow anyone to write and execute arbitrary Python code through a web browser, is introducing a pay-as-a-you-go plan.” There will still be a free tier.


PC Magazine: Why This Online Archivist Isn’t Feeling Much Angst About AI-Generated Art. “The rise of the creative machines–AI routines that can generate original pictures in response to simple descriptions of the desired image–isn’t something to fear, according to a longtime scholar of digital culture. ‘I am no more scared of this than I am of the fill tool,’ Jason Scott said in a talk at The Atlantic Festival in Washington, comparing AI image generators like DALL-E 2 and Stable Diffusion to features in Adobe Photoshop. ‘Or the clone brush.'”

Rest of World: Central America’s first metaverse is off to a bad start. “As countries, and platforms like OpenSea, attempt to come to grips with the legal implications surrounding digital assets, some entrepreneurs have continued to navigate the vacuums created by this growing and unregulated space. Speaking to experts and members of the Platzees community, before and after the OpenSea ban, Rest of World found how, after spending years effectively mobilizing his social media influence to raise a substantial amount of money from NFT sales, the creator of Guatemala’s first metaverse is now facing mounting questions about these investments from his previously trusting followers.”

NME: Developers had no idea Google Stadia was shutting down. “Yesterday (September 29) Google announced it would be ‘winding down’ its cloud-based gaming service Stadia, but several developers have now revealed they were not told about the closure in advance – despite having games due out on the service.” Wow, that’s almost a Twitter-level disregard for third-party developers.


Motherboard: AI Is Probably Using Your Images and It’s Not Easy to Opt Out. “Viral image-generating AI tools like DALL-E and Stable Diffusion are powered by massive datasets of images that are scraped from the internet, and if one of those images is of you, there’s no easy way to opt out, even if you never explicitly agreed to have it posted online. In one stark example of how sensitive images can end up powering these AI tools, a user found a medical image in the LAION dataset, which was used to train Stable Diffusion and Google’s Imagen.”


Daily Nexus: BeReal is the False Heir of Social Media and Casual Authenticity. “Before a camera, users are bound to perform. The deception lies in the frame we show the audience. The problem is that these intentional moments — parties, concerts and outings — are simply framed as everyday life. To be warped into this deception is to confront online inauthenticity all over again. And once again I ask myself, ‘What’s the point?'”

Harvard Gazette: Forget the sedatives, I’ll take some VR. “In a novel attempt to reduce the risks of over-sedation, physician-scientists at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center conducted a randomized controlled trial to determine whether virtual reality immersion can minimize the need for sedatives during hand surgery without diminishing patient satisfaction.”

New York Times: Can Smartphones Help Predict Suicide?. “A unique research project is tracking hundreds of people at risk for suicide, using data from smartphones and wearable biosensors to identify periods of high danger — and intervene.” Good morning, Internet…

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