CF Spark, TikTok, Vietnam Postage Stamps, More: Tuesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, November 1, 2022


TechCrunch: Digital assets marketplace Creative Fabrica launches generative AI tool. “Creative Fabrica, a marketplace for digital files like print-on-demand assets, fonts and graphics, announced today it will launch its own generative AI tool. Called CF Spark, it’s already seen three million prompts generated, and more than 500,000 published by Creative Fabrica creators over the past three weeks. Like other digital assets on the platform, users can put up their generative AI files for paid use by other members, which Creative Fabrica says makes it the first generative AI that also allows creators to make money.”


Washington Post: As midterms loom, TikTok faces its next political test. “Three years ago, TikTok imposed strict rules prohibiting campaign advertising as the video-sharing app tried to avoid the scandals over political content that have long dogged its social media rivals. But with Election Day fast approaching, TikTok can’t manage to stay on the sidelines.”

New York Times: Truth Social’s Influence Grows Despite Its Business Problems. “Truth Social, the right-wing social network, has faced one business calamity after the next since it launched in February. Two executives resigned after its app launch was mired with problems. Another executive was fired after filing a whistle-blower complaint, claiming that Truth’s parent company was relying on ‘fraudulent misrepresentations.’ Two federal investigations are putting $1.3 billion in much-needed financing in jeopardy. Yet users logging into Truth Social each day saw something quite different during that time: a vibrant right-wing ecosystem increasingly brimming with activity.”


It’s Nice That: Đức Lương’s archive commemorates the golden era of Vietnamese postage stamps. “For illustrator Đức Lương, also known as Luongdoo, building an archive of Vietnamese stamps and letters was not simply a whimsical idea. He felt compelled to document the rich visual history of Vietnam through these small prints. ‘Before the time of the Internet, a place on a stamp would have piqued the curiosity of the person holding it,’ he says. Today, Đức’s archival project Bưu Hoa Việt Nam is replete with vibrant little rectangular stamps tenderly curated to rekindle that curiosity.”

CNBC: Elon Musk has pulled more than 50 Tesla employees into his Twitter takeover. “New Twitter owner Elon Musk has pulled more than 50 of his trusted Tesla employees, mostly software engineers from the Autopilot team, into his Twitter takeover, CNBC has learned.”


Military Times: New Army social media policy pushes stricter rules . “The Army is taking a tougher stance on social media use, according to a new service-wide policy announced last week. The new guidance released Thursday governs what information troops can share on their personal accounts and from which accounts Army officials can post.”

University of Virginia School of Law: How Do You Stop Fake News? Guarantee the Truth. “As Michael Gilbert sees it, the information you consume should be at least as reliable as the refrigerator in your kitchen. Fed up with fake news — as well as false accusations of fake news — the University of Virginia law professor and vice dean teamed up with co-author Yonathan Arbel to create a system that incentivizes newspapers and politicians to tell the truth by rewarding anyone who catches them in a lie.”


Montana State University: Montana State receives $250,000 grant to examine use of artificial intelligence in libraries. “Artificial intelligence can help libraries provide better services, including making materials more accessible, but using AI can also raise ethical questions, according to Sara Mannheimer, associate professor with the Montana State University Library. Now, Mannheimer is leading a team working to help librarians and archivists make ethical, values-driven decisions about how best to use artificial intelligence in libraries and archives.”

Carnegie Mellon University: HCII Researchers Awarded $2M Grant To Test AI-Based Mobile Tutoring Software. “Homework can be extra difficult for middle school students facing limited access to technology, lack of parental support or other factors that could hinder their learning. To help, Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science researchers in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute will use a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences to develop and test a smartphone-based tutoring system for middle school mathematics that’s rooted in artificial intelligence.”


Caltech: Caltech Mathematicians Solve 19th Century Number Riddle. “For the past 175 years, a perplexing feature of numbers first stumbled upon by German mathematician Ernst Kummer has confounded researchers. At one point in the 1950s, this quirky feature of number theory was thought to have been wrong, but then, decades later, mathematicians found hints that it was in fact true. Now, after several twists and turns, two Caltech mathematicians have at last found proof that Kummer was right all along.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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