Rhode Island Seafood, Image Generator Bias, King Tutankhamun, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, November 4, 2022


Governor of Rhode Island: RI Seafood Launches New Website Tools and “Fishline” App to Help Local Consumers Find Fresh, Local Seafood. “Developed in partnership with the Commercial Fisheries Center of Rhode Island, the new app, FishLine, lets consumers search for fresh seafood to buy from seafood markets, farmers’ markets, and restaurants, as well as directly off the boat from fishermen.”

Motherboard: This Tool Lets Anyone See the Bias in AI Image Generators. “Called the Stable Diffusion Bias Explorer, the project is one of the first interactive demonstrations of its kind, letting users combine different descriptive terms and see firsthand how the AI model maps them to racial and gender stereotypes.”

Gale: University of Washington Students Unlock New Historical Connections on King Tut’s Tomb Using Gale Digital Scholar Lab (PRESS RELEASE). “For the first time in nearly 100 years, scholars and the curious public can see one of the most significant archaeological discoveries of the 20th century in a new light. The Tutankhamun Centenary: 1922–2022 is a website showcasing University of Washington students’ groundbreaking digital humanities (DH) research to mark a century since the discovery of King Tutankhamun’s (King Tut’s) tomb.”


Washington Post: Elon Musk begins mass layoffs at Twitter. “An email went out to the company’s employees late Thursday notifying employees of plans to cut jobs, informing them that by 9 a.m. Pacific time Friday, workers would receive an email with the subject line: ‘Your Role at Twitter.’ Those keeping their jobs would be notified on their company email. Those losing them would be told via their personal email.” I have a comment about this but I like this keyboard and I’m afraid the comment would melt it.

Ars Technica: OpenAI debuts DALL-E API so devs can integrate its AI artwork into their apps. “On Thursday, OpenAI announced the introduction of an API for its DALL-E image synthesis model that will allow developers to easily integrate its AI image generation technology into their apps. DALL-E, currently available as a standalone commercial service, allows people to generate novel 1024×1024 images from text descriptions called ‘prompts.'”

CNET: Patreon Launches Its Own Video Player, and It’s Ad-Free. “Patreon, the service that lets artists and creators provide exclusive content to subscribers, launched its own video player, the company said in a blog post Thursday. The new tool allows creators to share video without sending their fans to another site.”


Gizmodo: How to Join Mastodon, the Ad-Free Social Network Billionaires Can’t Buy. “In the few days since (mostly) ditching Twitter, I’ve gained a new respect for the platform, which is decidedly less toxic and is far more conversational and troll-free. I’m hoping this very brief guide will serve new users as well as those hearing about it for the first time. Let’s dig in.” I’m not on Mastodon but you can find me on CounterSocial as @ResearchBuzz.


NBC News: Their children went viral. Now they wish they could wipe them from the internet.. “For decades, celebrities have obscured their children’s faces on social media and from paparazzi pictures. Now, a growing collective of creators like Kodye Eylse are pushing other parents to take similar precautions when making content about kids.”

Insauga: Canadian photo archive based in Mississauga at risk of closing without help from the public. “The Canadian Heritage Photography Foundation (CHPF) has more than 150,000 historic images in its archives but the organization is a risk of closing. Founded in 2001 in Mississauga by Canadian photographer George Hunter, the foundation has a large collection of his historic images with subjects ranging from early highway photos to anglers trying their luck along the Credit River.”


CBC: Antisemitic conspiracies are rampant online. Students, experts share how to combat them. “As events marking Holocaust Education Week get underway, CBC News talked to students and experts about antisemitism facing young people in online spaces today, and the need for better education to help navigate harmful and pervasive misinformation in these social spheres.”


The Verge: Google’s text-to-image AI model Imagen is getting its first (very limited) public outing. “Although the company’s Imagen model produces output equal in quality to OpenAI’s DALL-E 2 or Stability AI’s Stable Diffusion, Google hasn’t made the system available to the public. Today, though, the search giant announced it will be adding Imagen — in a very limited form — to its AI Test Kitchen app as a way to collect early feedback on the technology.”


New York Times: When Technology Makes Music More Accessible. “In Britain and Ireland, a series of recent projects show the rich possibilities when disability and neurodiversity are considered in the creative process.” Good morning, Internet…

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